Amiable A"mi*a*ble, a. [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}.] 1. Lovable; lovely; pleasing. [Obs. or R.] [1913 Webster]

So amiable a prospect. --Sir T. Herbert. [1913 Webster]

2. Friendly; kindly; sweet; gracious; as, an amiable temper or mood; amiable ideas. [1913 Webster]

3. Possessing sweetness of disposition; having sweetness of temper, kind-heartedness, etc., which causes one to be liked; as, an amiable woman. [1913 Webster]

4. Done out of love. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Lay an amiable siege to the honesty of this Ford's wife. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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