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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Long before Alexa invaded homes, a likable robot yearning for human input arrived at a remote Victorian-era farmhouse in Astoria and was adopted by an animal-loving Ally Sheedy. oregonlive, "’Short Circuit’ house for sale in Astoria generates dreamy Tweets," 11 Sep. 2019 At its Volkswagen Group event in Frankfurt, Germany, VW executives spoke a lot about how the ID.3 needs to represent Volkswagen's return to its early days as a likable maker of fun cars like the Beetle. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "VW unveils its first electric car," 9 Sep. 2019 Nicole Gibbs: Couldn’t quite pull the upset, but what a great effort for a thoroughly likable player. Jon Wertheim,, "U.S. Open Midterm Grades: Taylor Townsend, Serena, Big Three Get High Marks," 1 Sep. 2019 Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter’s disarmingly likable head of product, says there are two ways the company is thinking about this. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "At Twitter, It Seems No One Can Hear the Screams," 15 Aug. 2019 Delaney, for his part, seemed intent on being the least likable person on the stage. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The centrists went after the progressives in night one of the second primary debate," 30 July 2019 That’s a welcome change from Wilks, who was a likable man, but his numerous rules eventually wore on players. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Cardinals begin grand experiment: Can they win with rookie head coach, quarterback?," 27 July 2019 As the entry point for the series, the character being introduced to a new world of violence, Quaid’s Hughie has to be likable while still being a doormat. Shana O'neil, The Verge, "The Boys is a bloody manic mayhem dream show," 24 July 2019 Instead, Fallout uses the spare energy afforded by its likable cast and easily trackable plot to focus on incredible, practical-effect action sequences. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Mission: Impossible – Fallout review: Fall into Cruise’s best in years," 27 July 2018

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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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