adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin amicabilis friendly, from Latin amicus friend; akin to Latin amare to love Date: 14th century 1. archaic pleasing, admirable 2. a. generally agreeable <
an amiable comedy
b. being friendly, sociable, and congenialamiability nounamiableness nounamiably adverb Synonyms: amiable, good-natured, obliging, complaisant mean having the desire or disposition to please. amiable implies having qualities that make one liked and easy to deal with <
an amiable teacher not easily annoyed
. good-natured implies cheerfulness or helpfulness and sometimes a willingness to be imposed upon <
a good-natured girl who was always willing to pitch in
. obliging stresses a friendly readiness to be helpful <
our obliging innkeeper found us a bigger room
. complaisant often implies passivity or a yielding to others because of weakness <
was too complaisant to protest a decision he thought unfair

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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