amiable

adjective
ami·​a·​ble | \ˈā-mē-ə-bəl \

Definition of amiable 

1a : friendly, sociable, and congenial an amiable host amiable neighbors

b : generally agreeable an amiable comedy

2 archaic : pleasing, admirable

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Other Words from amiable

amiability \ ˌā-​mē-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
amiableness \ ˈā-​mē-​ə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
amiably \ -​blē \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for amiable

amiable, good-natured, obliging, complaisant mean having the desire or disposition to please. amiable implies having qualities that make one liked and easy to deal with. an amiable teacher not easily annoyed good-natured implies cheerfulness or helpfulness and sometimes a willingness to be imposed upon. a good-natured girl who was always willing to pitch in obliging stresses a friendly readiness to be helpful. our obliging innkeeper found us a bigger room complaisant often implies passivity or a yielding to others because of weakness. was too complaisant to protest a decision he thought unfair

The Roots of Amiable Go Back to Love

Amiable derives from the Late Latin adjective amicabilis, meaning "friendly," which in turn comes from the Latin word for "friend" and can ultimately be traced back to amare, meaning "to love." When amiable was adopted into English in the 14th century, it meant "pleasing" or "admirable," but that sense is now obsolete. The current, familiar senses of "generally agreeable" ("an amiable movie") and "friendly and sociable" came centuries later. Amare has also given English speakers such words as amative and amorous (both meaning "strongly moved by love"), amour ("a usually illicit love affair"), and even amateur (which originally meant "admirer").

Examples of amiable in a Sentence

… an amiable man, a gray-headed, fiftyish, good old boy with a long career in media and public relations, and a hellish taste for margaritas … — Denis Johnson, Rolling Stone, 17 Aug. 2000 These strained plot contortions aren't really necessary: the funny, amiable heart of the movie is in the scenes of these tough old duffers scamming their way through the training program. — David Ansen, Newsweek, 14 Aug. 2000 The book pivots around Molly Bonner, an amiable, 40-ish woman whose second husband has just died in a helicopter accident, leaving her grief-struck and rich. — Tad Friend, Vogue, March 1997 Gianni Versace is an amiable smoothy with a light touch and a corona of gray hair. — Marie Brenner, Vanity Fair, January 1997 Everyone knew him as an amiable fellow. She had an amiable conversation with her friend.
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This new musical based on the film of the same name never quite lifts off, though Paul Scott Goodman’s soft rock pop score has amiable if not memorable moments. SFChronicle.com, "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of July 1," 28 June 2018 In this amiable insider’s account of the Obama years, Rhodes traces his intellectual evolution as a key adviser to the president. New York Times, "9 New Books We Recommend This Week," 28 June 2018 The article outlined a timeline of conversations and photo opportunities and portrayed an amiable rapport between Trump and Kim. Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, "North Korea's state media hails 'epoch-making' Trump-Kim summit," 13 June 2018 Johnson is his usual amiable self, but the best thing about the movie is Campbell. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Skyscraper:' Big, dumb and kind of fun, thanks to Dwayne Johnson and Neve Campbell," 12 July 2018 Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping enjoyed an amiable summit nearly a year ago at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Ken Thomas And Paul Wiseman, Houston Chronicle, "Trump orders huge tariffs on China, raises trade war worries," 22 Mar. 2018 China is thus proving a little more amiable to foreign capital. The Economist, "Why foreigners are keen buyers of Chinese government bonds," 28 June 2018 On opening night, the amiable owner appeared in a bandido costume. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The Uniquely Texan Origins of the Frozen Margarita," 27 June 2018 But the amiable, bow-tie-wearing Ralph Roberts took a chance. Meg James, latimes.com, "Brian Roberts has been the force behind Comcast's growth. Now he's in the hunt for Fox," 10 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'amiable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of amiable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for amiable

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin amicabilis friendly, from Latin amicus friend; akin to Latin amare to love

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amiable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of amiable

: friendly and pleasant

amiable

adjective
ami·​a·​ble | \ˈā-mē-ə-bəl \

Kids Definition of amiable

: having a friendly and pleasant manner

Other Words from amiable

amiably \ -​blē \ adverb She greeted us amiably.

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