af·​fec·​tion·​ate | \ ə-ˈfek-sh(ə-)nət How to pronounce affectionate (audio) \

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

Other Words from affectionate

affectionately adverb

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Examples of affectionate in a Sentence

an affectionate child who gives hugs and kisses freely
Recent Examples on the Web Loved ones may be more affectionate and friends can come through for you when needed. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 23 May 2021 An affectionate portrait of his friend John Gaspar Gevartius juxtaposes a bust of Marcus Aurelius, the ancient Stoic philosopher-king, with the humanist literary scholar, pen poised over a thick sheaf of paper. Los Angeles Times, 6 Dec. 2021 Lola described her husband as a quietly affectionate man. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Dec. 2021 Prosecutors also homed in on the relationship between Holmes and Balwani, highlighting affectionate text messages between the two. NBC News, 1 Dec. 2021 Amy Hall, a fundraising and supporter relations officer for NAWT, told SWNS that Dillon is a deeply loving and affectionate pet. People Staff,, 22 Nov. 2021 That ending tribute was perfection, respectful and affectionate. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 21 Nov. 2021 Cuomo denies improperly touching women and said other accusations were a misinterpretation of his affectionate leadership style. Michael Scherer,, 19 Nov. 2021 This affectionate but clear-eyed memoir by the former Disney darling chronicles an unusual career that began at 12 and swelled to global proportions during her adolescence. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of affectionate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for affectionate

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

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“Affectionate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of affectionate

: feeling or showing love and affection


af·​fec·​tion·​ate | \ ə-ˈfek-shə-nət How to pronounce affectionate (audio) \

Kids Definition of affectionate

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

Other Words from affectionate

affectionately adverb She patted his head affectionately.

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