What does affectionate mean?

Definitions for affectionate
əˈfɛk ʃə nɪtaf·fec·tion·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. affectionate, fond, lovesome, tender, warmadjective

    having or displaying warmth or affection

    "affectionate children"; "a fond embrace"; "fond of his nephew"; "a tender glance"; "a warm embrace"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Affectionateadjective

    Etymology: affectionné, Fr. from affection.

    In their love of God, and desire to please him, men can never be too affectionate; and it is as true, that, in their hatred of sin, men may be sometimes too passionate. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

    As for the parliament, it presently took fire, being affectionate, of old, to the war of France. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    He found me sitting, beholding this picture, I know not with how affectionate countenance, but, I am sure, with a most affectionate mind. Philip Sidney.

    Away they fly
    Affectionate, and undesiring bear
    The most delicious morsel to their young. James Thomson, Spring.

    When we reflect on all this affectionate care of providence for our happiness, with what wonder must we observe the little effect it has on men. John Rogers, Sermons.


  1. affectionate

    Affectionate refers to displaying warm feelings of tenderness, fondness, love or attachment towards someone or something. It often involves actions that show care, such as hugging, kissing or other forms of gentle physical touch, as well as emotional expressions of love and care.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Affectionateadjective

    having affection or warm regard; loving; fond; as, an affectionate brother

  2. Affectionateadjective

    kindly inclined; zealous

  3. Affectionateadjective

    proceeding from affection; indicating love; tender; as, the affectionate care of a parent; affectionate countenance, message, language

  4. Affectionateadjective

    strongly inclined; -- with to

Editors Contribution

  1. affectionate

    To show love and understanding.

    His wife to be is an effectionate and loving person just like him which brings much joy to them both.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of affectionate in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of affectionate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of affectionate in a Sentence

  1. Kimberly Jensen:

    There are couples out there where one person is more affectionate than the other. Maybe it they can bring their partner to the convention to show them cuddling is normal.

  2. J. B. Yeats:

    Always when I see a man fond of praise I always think it is because he is an affectionate man craving for affection.

  3. The Hitopadesa:

    The man who listens not to the words of affectionate friends will give joy in the time of distress to his enemies.

  4. Samuel Richardson:

    Good men must be affectionate men.

  5. Prophet Mohammed, ibn abbas:

    He is not of us who is not affectionate to the little ones, and does not respect the old; and he is not of us, who does not order which is lawful, and prohibits that which is unlawful.

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