hospitable

adjective
hos·​pi·​ta·​ble | \ hä-ˈspi-tə-bəl How to pronounce hospitable (audio) , ˈhä-(ˌ)spi- How to pronounce hospitable (audio) \

Definition of hospitable

1a : given to generous and cordial reception of guests a kind, hospitable people they are hospitable … : give a guest everything, and leave him free to do as he likes— Bram Stoker
b : promising or suggesting generous and friendly welcome hospitable faces
c : offering a pleasant or sustaining environment grows in even the least hospitable climates
2 : readily receptive : open hospitable to new ideas

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Other Words from hospitable

hospitably \ hä-​ˈspi-​tə-​blē How to pronounce hospitably (audio) , ˈhä-​(ˌ)spi-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for hospitable

Synonyms

affable, cordial, genial, gracious, sociable

Antonyms

inhospitable, ungenial, ungracious, unsociable

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Examples of hospitable in a Sentence

The people of that country are very hospitable. It's a hearty plant that grows in even the least hospitable climates. elderly people moving to Florida for its hospitable climate
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Murphy said the two-year window wasn’t sufficient and worried that the high rate would make New Jersey less hospitable to businesses. Andrew Seidman, Philly.com, "N.J. nears government shutdown as Dems feud over tax hikes," 29 June 2018 As the data roll in, University of California scientists are more optimistic that eelgrass, like the kind that grows around Newport Beach, can lessen ocean acidity and make the water more hospitable to ecologically valuable organisms. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Researchers in Newport optimistic that eelgrass can reduce carbon and acidity in seawater," 30 May 2018 The state's geography is particularly hospitable to renewable energy sources, says a new study authored by professors Joanna H. Slusarewicz and Daniel S. Cohan. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Texas Could Easily Generate Most of Its Energy Through Wind And Solar, Study Finds," 3 Jan. 2019 In addition to having been hospitable to labor, Wisconsin was also home to a real tradition of environmental stewardship, regardless of party affiliation. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "How Conservatives Bet Big on Wisconsin and Won," 11 July 2018 Modern-day Mars may be more hospitable to oxygen-breathing life than previously thought. Deborah Netburn, The Seattle Times, "Mars could have enough molecular oxygen to support life," 26 Oct. 2018 There are still many lingering questions, including how and why people moved from the relatively hospitable coasts into the more challenging interior. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Uncover 20,000-Year-Old Kangaroo Cook Out," 31 May 2018 Used to the balmy breezes at home and usually hospitable weather in the NL West, Los Angeles hadn’t started a game this year in a temperature below 58. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Fenway Park gave Dodgers cold shoulder, Series shifts to LA," 25 Oct. 2018 Just like home Those ratios line up with climate models that suggest a wetter, more hospitable environment in Arabia, courtesy of a shift in Africa’s monsoons during periods of warmer global climate called interglacials. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists find 300,000-year-old stone tools in Saudi Arabia," 29 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of hospitable

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hospitable

borrowed from Medieval Latin hospitābilis, from hospitāre "to lodge, reside, give lodging to, house" (going back to Latin hospitārī "to put up as a guest, give lodging to," derivative of hospit-, hospes "guest, host") +Latin -bilis "capable (of acting) or worthy (of being acted upon)" — more at host entry 3, -able

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hospitable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of hospitable

: generous and friendly to guests or visitors
: having an environment where plants, animals, or people can live or grow easily
: ready or willing to accept or consider something

hospitable

adjective
hos·​pi·​ta·​ble | \ hä-ˈspi-tə-bəl How to pronounce hospitable (audio) , ˈhä-spi-\

Kids Definition of hospitable

1 : friendly and generous to guests and visitors
2 : willing to deal with something new They were hospitable to the changes.

Other Words from hospitable

hospitably \ -​blē \ adverb

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