What does amiable mean?

Definitions for amiableˈeɪ mi ə bəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word amiable.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. amiable, good-humored, good-humoured(adj)

    disposed to please

    "an amiable villain with a cocky sidelong grin"- Hal Hinson

  2. affable, amiable, cordial, genial(adj)

    diffusing warmth and friendliness

    "an affable smile"; "an amiable gathering"; "cordial relations"; "a cordial greeting"; "a genial host"

Wiktionary

  1. amiable(Adjective)

    Friendly; kind; sweet; gracious; as, an amiable temper or mood; amiable ideas.

  2. amiable(Adjective)

    Possessing sweetness of disposition; having sweetness of temper; kindhearted; which causes one to be liked; as, an amiable person.

  3. Origin: amyable, from amiable, from amicabilis, from amicus, from amo. The meaning has been influenced by French aimable, Latin amabilis. Compare with amicable, amorous, amability.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Amiable(adj)

    lovable; lovely; pleasing

  2. Amiable(adj)

    friendly; kindly; sweet; gracious; as, an amiable temper or mood; amiable ideas

  3. Amiable(adj)

    possessing sweetness of disposition; having sweetness of temper, kind-heartedness, etc., which causes one to be liked; as, an amiable woman

  4. Amiable(adj)

    done out of love

  5. Origin: [F. amiable, L. amicabilis friendly, fr. amicus friend, fr. amare to love. The meaning has been influenced by F. aimable, L. amabilis lovable, fr. amare to love. Cf. Amicable, Amorous, Amability.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Amiable

    ām′i-a-bl, adj. lovable: worthy of love: of sweet disposition.—ns. Amiabil′ity, Am′iableness, quality of being amiable, or of exciting love.—adv. Am′iably. [O. Fr. amiable, friendly—L. amicabilis, from amicus, a friend; there is a confusion in meaning with O. Fr. amable (mod. Fr. aimable), lovable—L. amabilisam-āre, to love.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of amiable in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of amiable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Johann von Goethe:

    A man's errors are what make him amiable.

  2. Benjamin Disraeli:

    It destroys one's nerves to be amiable everyday to the same human being.

  3. Charles Caleb Colton:

    The greatest and most amiable privilege which the rich enjoy over the poor is that which they exercise the least--the privilege of making others happy.

  4. John Henry Newman:

    In this world no one rules by love if you are but amiable, you are no hero to be powerful, you must be strong, and to have dominion you must have a genius for organizing.

  5. Immanuel Kant, FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF THE METAPHYSICS OF ETHICS:

    To be beneficent when we can is a duty; and besides this, there are many minds so sympathetically constituted that, without any other motive of vanity or self-interest, they find a pleasure in spreading joy around them, and can take delight in the satisfaction of others so far as it is their own work. But I maintain that in such a case an action of this kind, however proper, however amiable it may be, has nevertheless no true moral worth, but is on a level with other inclinations. ... For the maxim lacks the moral import, namely, that such actions be done from duty, not from inclination.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • وديArabic
  • дружелюбен, приветлив, симпатичен, любезен, милBulgarian
  • elskværdigDanish
  • liebenswürdig, liebenswertGerman
  • ευγενικόςGreek
  • amable, afableSpanish
  • avatudEstonian
  • rakastettava, ystävällinenFinnish
  • aimableFrench
  • grámharIrish
  • सुHindi
  • affettuoso, amabile, affabileItalian
  • 愛想のいいJapanese
  • whakahoahoa, hūmārikaMāori
  • amávelPortuguese
  • милый, дружественный, приветливый, дружелюбный, симпатичный, добродушный, любезный, привлекательныйRussian

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