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part of speech: adjective
definition: characterized by or showing a friendly disposition; free of ill will; congenial.
The flight attendant was amiable and wasn't visibly offended by the passenger's thoughtless remark.He wasn't the most efficient at his job, but he was amiable and well-liked.Their relationship remained relatively amiable even after they divorced.
affable, agreeable, amicable, companionable, congenial, friendly, genial, good-humored, good-natured, nice, pleasant, sociable
sour, surly, truculent, unfriendly
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accessible, accommodating, approachable, charming, communicative, convivial, delightful, easygoing, engaging, gentle, gracious, hearty, likable, neighborly, pleasing, unreserved, well-mannered, willing, winning
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adverb + (adj.)amiable generally, perfectly, somewhat
(adj.)amiable + adverb enough, slightly
(adj.)amiable + noun affection, atmosphere, attempt, character, comedy, conversation, crowd, divorce, dunce, expression, fellow, grin, guy, host, manner, pair, personality, presence, relation, relationship, smile, sort, tone  [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivations: amiably (adj.), amiability (n.)
Word Parts  About this feature
The word amiable contains the following parts:
am, ama, amor Latin root that means love, friendship
phil, philo, -philia, -phile
-able, -ible, -ble Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being, doing, or undergoing
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The suffix -able , and its variants, is attached to Latin verb roots or English transitive verbs to form adjectives. (In a small set of cases, -able is attached to a noun, e.g. knowledgeable and marriageable.) For spelling purposes, it is useful to know that -able is more likely to be added to a whole English word (comparable , adorable ), while -ible is more likely to follow a bound root (visible , legible ). However,there are still many words which combine a root with -able (capable , inevitable ). The suffix -ity can be added to any adjective ending in -able , -ible , -ble to produce a corresponding noun ending in -ability, -ibility, -bility (possible + -ity > possibility; irrevocable + -ity > irrevocability.)
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acceptable, accessible, admissible, adorable, amiable, amicable, audible, avoidable, believable, bearable, biodegradable, capable, calculable, cognizable, comparable, compatible, comprehensible, conformable, conversable, convertible, corrigible, credible, creditable, curable, dependable, despicable, disagreeable, disposable, divisible, eligible, explicable, flammable, flexible, illegible, illimitable, imaginable, immiscible, immovable, immutable, impalpable, impassable, impeccable, impermeable, impermissible, imperturbable, implacable, implausible, imponderable, impossible, impregnable, inalienable, inaudible, incapable, incalculable, incommunicable, incomprehensible, inconceivable, detectable, conceivable, incorrigible, incredible, incurable, indefeasible, indelible, indescribable, indestructible, indivisible, indomitable, ineligible, ineluctable, ineradicable, inescapable, inevitable, inexorable, inexpiable, inexplicable, infallible, inhospitable, inimitable, inscrutable, inseparable, insuperable, intangible, interminable, intractable, invaluable, invariable, invincible, invisible, irrefragable, irrefutable, irremissible, irreparable, irreversible, irrevocable, legible, likable, lovable, manageable, measurable, movable, navigable, notable, opposable, palpable, perishable, permissible, placable, portable, possible, potable, predictable, preferable, prescriptible, recognizable, remissible, reprehensible, reversible, risible, semipermeable, sensible, superable, susceptible, tangible, tenable, tolerable, tractable, transmissible, unsupportable, usable, viable, visible, washable, affordable, allowable, reliable, remarkable, approachable, disputable, drinkable, durable, eatable, renewable, sustainable, unshakable