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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Author Andrea Camilleri, creator of the best-selling Commissario Montalbano series about a likable, though oft-brooding small-town Sicilian police chief who mixes humanity with pragmatism to solve crimes, died in a Rome hospital Wednesday. Washington Post, "Camilleri, author of Montalbano detective series, dies at 93," 18 July 2019 Chicagoans would be treated to a likable, overachieving team and the game’s most innovative manager in Kevin Cash. Paul Sullivan,, "A modest proposal: Instead of Montreal, move the Rays to the South Side for half a season," 23 June 2019 The gender gap starts at childhood, when girls are taught to be likable, perfect and pleasing, while boys are encouraged to be strong, confident and brave. New York Times, "Harassment, Equality, Power: What Leaders Said at the New Rules Summit," 17 June 2019 Both she and Spears (according to the #FreeBritney movement, that is) are confined to the expectations the world has for women in pop: to be affable, beautiful, likable, calm, and, above all, malleable. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "All Miley Cyrus' Black Mirror Episode Makes Me Think About Is Britney Spears," 6 June 2019 Its current manifestation mimics the grammar of social media: the likable, the shareable, the trending, the quantifiable, the bite-size. Christian Lorentzen, Harper's magazine, "Like This or Die," 10 Apr. 2019 But the report beautifully captured his essence — Randolph was a likable kid who was lost except for basketball and would occasionally make really poor decisions that would get him in trouble., "Canzano: Bol Bol’s NBA draft stock is foggy and fascinating," 18 June 2019 Kohl's connected itself with a likable superstar doing nice-guy things. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Giannis plays shopping concierge to standout kids from Boys & Girls Clubs," 13 June 2019 Should be, anyway, and Martin is plainly likable. 5. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Bobby Witt Jr., Ned Yost, Patrick Mahomes and dad’n," 4 June 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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