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 likable (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.
Recent Examples on the Web The artwork is in a light manga style, and the principals are likable. Andrew A. Smith Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, 28 June 2021 While traditional Wall Street investors have relied on detailed financial forecasts or models, there appears to be a lot of movement based on stocks like AMC or BlackBerry that are likable to these meme investors, or what is currently trending. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 12 June 2021 Cohen — who won the 2017 Tournament of Champions — is likable, enthusiastic and keeps the show lively without overshadowing the contestants. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 Dogs are inherently likable and many police departments have given K-9, as these dogs are known, a starring role. Dewitt Lacy, CNN, 28 May 2021 This is the central tension of Starstruck, an immensely likable Britcom that landed on HBO Max earlier this month. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 24 June 2021 But during that same campaign, she got slammed for being too unemotional and too guarded, for not showing enough of her authentic self, for not being likable. Elizabeth Warren, Fortune, 24 May 2021 As in that movie, tragedy is foreshadowed in a grimly beautiful prologue, and the most principled, likable character turns out to be a bride who thinks nothing of blowing off her own nuptials. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2021 Unlike our politicians, none of the inhabitants of Easttown seem preoccupied with being likable, which makes for a great slew of suspects—including an out-of-town writer, a creepy Catholic priest, and the missing girl’s deadbeat dad. Raven Smith, Vogue, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of likable

1730, in the meaning defined above

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“Likable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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