V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. of an agreeable and pleasant nature; 2. easy to get along with

Synonyms: affable, agreeable, friendly, pleasant, complaisant, good-natured, obliging

Antonyms: unfriendly, ill-natured, surly, un-amiable

Tips: Amiable is derived from the Latin amare, "to love." Amiable also contains the French word "ami," which means "friend." Amiable can be used to describe both situations and people. Amiable is similar to the word amicable, which means "exhibiting goodwill" and "an absence of antagonism." Amicable is used less to describe people and more to describe situations, while amiable is used more to describe a friendly personality (see also affable): "He is an amiable person, so I was not surprised to hear that he and his wife had an amicable divorce."

Usage Examples:

Although she was in a hurry, Jenny was amiable with the tourists, patiently pointing them in the right direction. (friendly, obliging)

On Friday night, I spent an amiable evening at a friend's dinner party. (agreeable, pleasant)

Folks in the South seem to be an amiable lot, always offering their kindness and hospitality. (good-natured, affable)

My sister is probably the most amiable person I know; she is always in a good mood! (positive, friendly)

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