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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The motives aren't altogether wholesome here, although Brinson proved to be a pretty likable dude during his short time in the Brewers organization. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "ESPN radio host Dan Le Batard behind campaign to get ex-Brewer Lewis Brinson into All-Star Game ... and it could work," 8 June 2018 For the upcoming season, Jon's mission is this: Make Miguel more likable. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Jon Huertas Has a Message for All the Miguel Haters Out There," 19 Mar. 2019 Although John's likable demeanor is very different from Castle's arrogant attitude, fans are absolutely loving Fillion in this role—and many Twitter users took to the platform to show their appreciation for LAPD's newest officer. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Nathan Fillion's New Show 'The Rookie' Just Premiered and Fans Are Losing It," 17 Oct. 2018 Incredibly likable — seriously, who doesn't like Reese Witherspoon? — the actor has come to represent beauty, talent, family, and entrepreneurship. Marci Robin, Allure, "Reese Witherspoon and Elizabeth Arden Launched a Lipstick to Support Worldwide Gender Equality," 17 Mar. 2019 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

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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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