adjective Date: 15th century 1. obsolete inclined, disposed 2. having affection or warm regard ; loving <
affectionate friends
3. motivated by affection ; tender <
affectionate care
affectionately adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • affectionate — [adj] having or showing fondness all over*, attached, caring, crazy over*, dear, devoted, doting, fond, friendly, huggy*, kind, lovey dovey*, loving, mushy*, nutty about*, partial, soft on*, sympathetic, tender, warm, warmhearted; concepts… …   New thesaurus

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  • affectionate — [ə fek′shən it] adj. [altered after ATE1 < Fr affectionné] 1. full of affection; tender and loving 2. Obs. mentally disposed; inclined affectionately adv …   English World dictionary

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  • affectionate — adj. affectionate to, towards, with (affectionate with children) * * * [ə fekʃ(ə)nɪt] towards with (affectionate with children) affectionate to …   Combinatory dictionary

  • affectionate — af|fec|tion|ate [əˈfekʃənıt] adj showing in a gentle way that you love someone and care about them = ↑loving affectionate towards ▪ Jo is very affectionate towards her. ▪ an affectionate hug >affectionately adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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