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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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 Noah Galvin: Those women weren't given the opportunity to be likable. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Booksmart Cast Opens Up About Porn, the Patriarchy, and the Problem of Likability," 25 May 2019 With leafy herbal notes, cherry and spice, this likable wine clocked in at 14 percent alcohol. Michael Austin,, "12 Riojas that will help you understand prized Spanish wine," 21 Feb. 2018 The motives aren't altogether wholesome here, although Brinson proved to be a pretty likable dude during his short time in the Brewers organization. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "ESPN radio host Dan Le Batard behind campaign to get ex-Brewer Lewis Brinson into All-Star Game ... and it could work," 8 June 2018 For the upcoming season, Jon's mission is this: Make Miguel more likable. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Jon Huertas Has a Message for All the Miguel Haters Out There," 19 Mar. 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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