Definition of affectionate in English:


Syllabification: af·fec·tion·ate
Pronunciation: /əˈfekSHənit


  • 1Readily feeling or showing fondness or tenderness: a happy and affectionate family
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    • She may like to deny it but she is vulnerable and can be tender and affectionate.
    • That movie was tender and affectionate without being pedantic.
    • His father and mother were very affectionate and I was closely associated with his family.
    loving, fond, adoring, devoted, caring, doting, tender, warm, warmhearted, softhearted, friendly; demonstrative, cuddly
    informal touchy-feely, lovey-dovey
  • 1.1Expressing fondness: an affectionate kiss
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    • Suddenly someone pushed a cookie into my mouth, and then bombarded me with affectionate hugs and kisses.
    • Duncan placed an affectionate kiss on her forehead which she didn't react to.
    • His kisses were lingering and affectionate, making my heart pound for a moment.



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  • She stroked his hair almost affectionately, though there was no change in his manner.
  • As a result they became a national legend, an affectionately regarded New Zealand institution.
  • He loves us and treats us affectionately, so I don't feel so bad about missing my mother.


late 15th century (in the sense 'disposed, inclined toward'): from French affectionné 'beloved' or medieval Latin affectionatus 'devoted', from affectio(n-), from afficere 'to influence' (see affect2).

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