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Line breaks: ami|able
Pronunciation: /ˈeɪmɪəb(ə)l

Definition of amiable in English:


Having or displaying a friendly and pleasant manner: the amiable young man greeted me enthusiastically
More example sentences
  • She was a very good looking woman, with an amiable and warm personality, but I didn't know her personally.
  • A most amiable and kindly man, he was held in very high esteem and was a noted character in the area.
  • Anyway, I found Andrea to be a perfectly amiable person, but that was not a universal view.
friendly, affable, amicable, cordial;
warm, warm-hearted, good-natured, nice, pleasant, agreeable, pleasing, likeable, lovable, genial, good-humoured, charming, winning, engaging, delightful, easy to get on/along with, obliging, kind, kindly;
Scottish couthy
British informal chummy, matey
North American informal regular


late Middle English (originally in the senses 'kind', and 'lovely, lovable'): via Old French from late Latin amicabilis 'amicable'. The current sense, influenced by modern French aimable 'trying to please', dates from the mid 18th century.



Example sentences
  • Natural amiableness is too often seen in company with sloth, with uselessness, with the vanity of fashionable life.
  • Mr. Knightley expressed his disapproval of Frank's behavior and Emma's vision of him by contrasting what he called French amiableness with English amiableness.
  • The images, varying in scale, approach and depiction, present a range of emotions and attitudes, all traveling forward to the next era with various degrees of purpose, amiableness and likelihood.


Example sentences
  • In such cases where feelings run deep, problems unsolved can generally be ignored amicably and amiably.
  • She was rather surprised, but gave me directions amiably enough.
  • For a few pages everything moves along amiably enough.

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