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

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 According to Lean In, women in positions of power have to be seen as likable in a way men in the same positions don’t. Katherine Singh,, 25 Sep. 2022 As Carla, she’s often required to be at once piercingly vulnerable and violently prickly, streetsmart but not especially precocious, as the film dares to make its young, frequently victimized protagonist not especially likable. Guy Lodge, Variety, 23 Sep. 2022 But once likable soccer coach Ethan Zohn walked away with the $1 million, all was forgiven. Steve Helling, Peoplemag, 21 Sep. 2022 After over 50 years in show business, Steve Martin remains one of the most likable celebrities in the industry. Janaya Wecker, Town & Country, 9 Sep. 2022 Still, Federer’s routine collection of the prize in an era replete with likable players reflects the adulation that has trailed him throughout his career. Kevin Craft, The Atlantic, 15 Sep. 2022 Writer-director Smith famously survived one in 2018, and the prospect that this personal detail will chart new profanely amusing and emotional territory for these likable ranters feels promising. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2022 The 53-year-old played Abby Sciuto, a likable forensic scientist for the NCIS: Major Case Response Team, on the hit television series for 15 years. Becca Wood, NBC News, 5 Sep. 2022 But Richardson has, admittedly, mostly played likable, good guys in his most high-profile projects. Michael Schneider, Variety, 12 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of likable

1730, in the meaning defined above

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“Likable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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variants: or likeable \ ˈlī-​kə-​bəl \

Kids Definition of likable

: having pleasant or attractive qualities : easily liked


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