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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: deserving of being liked or admired; lovable.
They're an adorable couple.
detestable, hateful, repulsive
similar words:
likable, sweet, winsome
definition 2: charming.
These puppies are adorable.
charming, cute, darling, enchanting, winsome
disgusting, repellent, unappealing, unattractive, unpleasant
similar words:
alluring, attractive, delightful, divine, fair, fetching, lovely, pleasing, precious, pretty, sweet
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (adj.)adorable absolutely, that, utterly
(adj.)adorable + adverb somewhat
(adj.)adorable + noun baby, boy, cat, chick, child, couple, creature, cub, daughter, dog, doll, dress, girl, grin, hat, jacket, kid, kitten, moppet, nephew, niece, nose, pair, pooch, pup, puppy, sailor, seal, shirt, smile, toddler, twin [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivations: adorably (adv.), adorableness (n.)
Word Parts  About this feature
The word adorable contains the following part:
-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