Definition of affectionate in English:

affectionate

Line breaks: af¦fec¦tion|ate
Pronunciation: /əˈfɛkʃ(ə)nət
 
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adjective

Derivatives

affectionately

adverb
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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