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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First Known Use of likable

1730, in the meaning defined above

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“Likable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce likable (audio)

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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