Having a pleasant disposition and manner that is kindly and good-natured.


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Part of speech



friendly, kind, warm, cordial, pleasant, genial


unfriendly, unapproachable, inhospitable, unkind, hostile

Example sentences:

  • The amiable couple was always ready to lend a helping hand to their neighbors.
  • She had an amiable demeanor and was well-liked by everyone in her office.
  • He was an amiable man and always had a smile on his face.


Like affable, the word “amiable” is derived from the Latin language, specifically from the word “amicabilis,” which means “friendly.” The prefix “a-” means “not,” while the root word “amic” means “friend.” Someone who is amiable may be described as having a gentle and kind nature, and being easy-going. An amiable personality can be beneficial in many situations, as it can help to diffuse tense or difficult situations and make others feel at ease.