affectionate

adjective af·fec·tion·ate \ ə-ˈfek-sh(ə-)nət \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of affectionate

1 :feeling or showing affection or warm regard :loving
  • affectionate friends
  • an affectionate nickname
2 :motivated by affection :tender
  • affectionate care
3 obsolete :inclined, disposed

affectionately

adverb

Examples of affectionate in a Sentence

  1. an affectionate child who gives hugs and kisses freely

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Origin and Etymology of affectionate

partly borrowed from Medieval Latin affectiōnātus "inclined, disposed, well-disposed," from Latin affectiōn-, affectiō affection + -ātus 3-ate; partly formed from affection + 3-ate after Middle French affectionné "having affection for," past participle of affectionner "to have affection for," derivative of affection


AFFECTIONATE Defined for English Language Learners

affectionate

adjective

Definition of affectionate for English Language Learners

  • : feeling or showing love and affection


AFFECTIONATE Defined for Kids

affectionate

adjective af·fec·tion·ate \ ə-ˈfek-shə-nət \

Definition of affectionate for Students

:feeling or showing a great liking for a person or thing :loving
  • an affectionate friend

affectionately

adverb
  • She patted his head affectionately.


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