lik·​able ˈlī-kə-bəl How to pronounce likable (audio)
variants or likeable
: having qualities that bring about a favorable regard : pleasant, agreeable
the most likable character in the play
likability 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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Word History

First Known Use

1730, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of likable was in 1730

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“Likable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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variants or likeable
: easily liked
likableness noun
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