lik·able | \ˈlī-kə-bəl \
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 \ 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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Its soccer team, uniquely likable and, for once, really good, is a counterpoint. Sean Williams, The New Republic, "England’s World Cup Team: the Anti-Brexit," 10 July 2018 Rob McClure is misguided Nick, who keeps his character likable through his mishaps. Matthew J. Palm,, "As 'Something Rotten!' says, 'Nothing's as amazing as a musical'," 25 Apr. 2018 Their intense turns are admirably free of vanity, making their less than likable characters feel authentic. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lighthouse': Film Review," 4 July 2018 There are some real-life lessons about gentrification tucked into this story, but what resonates most is the pleasure of Arturo’s immensely likable voice. Monitor Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Lively narrators, rich context make these middle-grade books shine," 18 June 2018 Jones said the man she was married to for more than 20 years was likable at first but his behavior became more erratic and his appearance disheveled. NBC News, "Ex-wife of man who killed 6 in Arizona says she's relieved he's dead," 13 June 2018 Being one of the few teams with salary cap space didn't hurt, but don't discount the appeal of playing for a winner — one with a young, likable core. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "In rare twist, Indiana Pacers are NBA free agency winners for once," 9 July 2018 Winston is so likable and could go unnoticed for a while. Brian Porreca, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Big Brother' Bosses Preview New Twists in Season 20," 27 June 2018 The problem is that Alex, our troubled hero, isn’t remotely likable. Katie Walsh,, "Teen comedy 'Alex Strangelove' strikes the wrong chords," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of likable

1730, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of likable

: easy to like : having pleasant or appealing qualities


variants: or likeable \ˈlī-kə-bəl \

Kids Definition of likable

: having pleasant or attractive qualities : easily liked

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