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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That mindset can only help when watching Mr. Jones, which takes likable characters and distinctly creepy imagery and applies them to a story that becomes quite the head trip. Dylan Scott, Vox, "13 found-footage horror movies actually worth watching this Halloween," 19 Oct. 2018 The story follows Sierra Burgess, a likable but unpopular teen with an almost perfect SAT score. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "Meet the Entire Cast of "Sierra Burgess Is a Loser" and the Characters They Play: Shannon Purser, Noah Centineo, RJ Cyler, and More," 6 Sep. 2018 Epp makes the Once-ler a funny and even likable figure, with a kinetic Martin Short vibe and a disarmingly wheedling way about him. James Hebert,, "At Old Globe, 'The Lorax' brings Dr. Seuss' environmental saga to vivid life," 8 July 2018 These strange transitions deliver a kind of tonal whiplash and risk the audience's connection to these likable characters. Tim Grierson, Popular Mechanics, "Quirky Monster Film 'Colossal' Is As Clever As It Is Disjointed," 6 Apr. 2017 You are regarded as one of the most instantly likable actors. Jon Niccum, kansascity, "KC's Paul Rudd opens up about his superpowers: Ant-Man, Big Slick and eternal youth," 5 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of likable

1730, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of likable was in 1730

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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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