likable

adjective
lik·​able | \ ˈlī-kə-bəl How to pronounce likable (audio) \
variants: or likeable

Definition of likable

: having qualities that bring about a favorable regard : pleasant, agreeable the most likable character in the play

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Other Words from likable

likability \ ˌlī-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce likability (audio) \ noun
likableness noun

Examples of likable in a Sentence

Detective Grant is the most likeable character in the novel. She seems like a friendly, likable young woman.

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Lorena, who now goes by her maiden name, Lorena Gallo, has become an anti-domestic violence activist (through the Lorena Gallo Foundation), and is thoughtful, rueful and certainly likable. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Lorena’ Review: Cutting to the Heart of the Matter," 14 Feb. 2019 The only likable Dutton is Kayce (a very good Luke Grimes, whose naturalism stands out here). Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Yellowstone': TV Review," 18 June 2018 Wilks is dryly funny and likable, which makes watching him toil through this season difficult. Bob Baum, The Seattle Times, "Wilks even-keeled in what could be last week as Cards coach," 24 Dec. 2018 News items both amplified and challenged the idea of women candidates having to be likable. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "How did ‘likability’ become a thing for women in politics?," 18 Jan. 2019 Plus, Wilson makes the character so darn charming and likable, nobody is surprised when Luther finally succumbs to her invitation to flee London with her at the end of season 3. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Luther is back and as broody as ever in new trailer for fifth season," 29 Nov. 2018 Her annual total? $2,116 Is there anybody on the Internet more likable than Quinta Brunson? Quinta Brunson, Glamour, "I Spend $2,116 on My Beauty Routine, But Only $12 on My Skin," 2 Jan. 2019 Shipka deserves a great deal of credit for her slyly subversive performance as Sabrina, keeping her character poised on the knife-edge between sinister and likable. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 18 Dec. 2018 The original production was extremely likable, but far from expert. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Review: A Pop Sequel With Pep," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of likable

1730, in the meaning defined above

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likable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of likable

: easy to like : having pleasant or appealing qualities

likable

adjective
lik·​able
variants: or likeable \ ˈlī-​kə-​bəl \

Kids Definition of likable

: having pleasant or attractive qualities : easily liked

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