amiable


amiable
\ \ [14] Amiable and amicable are the two English descendants of that most familiar of Latin verbs, amo, amas, amat … ‘love’. It had two rather similar adjectives derived from it: amābilislovable’ and, via amīcusfriend’, amīcābilisfriendly’ (source of English amicable [15]). Amīcābilis became in French amiable, and this was borrowed into English as amiable, but its meaning was subsequently influenced by that of French aimablelikeable, lovable’, which came from Latin amābilis.
\ \ Cf.AMICABLE

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  • amiable — [ amjabl ] adj. • 1402; « aimable » XIIe; bas lat. amicabilis 1 ♦ Dr. Qui a lieu ou agit par la voie de la conciliation, sans procédure judiciaire. Un partage amiable. Constat amiable : déclaration d accident de la circulation établie d un commun …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • amiable (à l') — ⇒AMIABLE (À L ), adj. et loc. I. Adjectif A. Vieilli, littér. [En parlant d une pers., d un trait hum.] Qui se comporte en ami, qui marque de l amitié. Accueil, paroles, propos amiables. Synon. affectueux, aimable, amical, doux, gracieux, etc. :… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • amiable — AMIABLE. adj. des 2 g. Doux, gracieux. Accueil amiable. Parolesamiables. f♛/b] On appelle Amiable Compositeur, Celui qui accommode un différent par les voies de la douceur.[b]À l amiable. façon de parler adverbiale. Par la voie de la douceur,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Amiable — A mi*a*ble, a. [F. amiable, L. amicabilis friendly, fr. amicus friend, fr. amare to love. The meaning has been influenced by F. aimable, L. amabilis lovable, fr. amare to love. Cf. {Amicable}, {Amorous}, {Amability}.] 1. Lovable; lovely; pleasing …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • amiable — Amiable. adj. de tout genre. Doux, gracieux. Il n est guere amiable. paroles amiables. On appelle, Amiable compositeur, Celuy qui accommode un differend par les voyes de la douceur. A l Amiable. adv. Par la voye de la douceur, sans procés, sans… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • amiable — amiable, good natured, obliging, complaisant mean having or manifesting the desire or disposition to please. All may refer either to moods or to temperaments. Amiable usually implies friendliness, affability, or kindliness, qualities that inspire …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • amiable — (adj.) mid 14c., from O.Fr. amiable, from L.L. amicabilis friendly, from amicus friend, related to amare to love (see AMY (Cf. Amy)). The form confused in Old French with amable lovable, from L. amare. Reborrowed later in proper Latin form as… …   Etymology dictionary

  • amiable — [ā′mē ə bəl] adj. [ME < OFr < LL amicabilis, friendly < L amicus, friend: confused with OFr amable, lovable < L amabilis, worthy of love; both from L amare, to love] 1. having a pleasant and friendly disposition; good natured 2. Obs.… …   English World dictionary

  • amiable — index amenable, amicable, benevolent, civil (polite), malleable, obeisant, peaceable Burton s Legal Thesauru …   Law dictionary

  • amiable — [adj] friendly, agreeable affable, amicable, attractive, benign, breezy, buddybuddy*, charming, cheerful, clubby*, complaisant, cool*, copacetic*, cordial, cozy, delightful, downright neighborly*, easy, engaging, friendly, genial, good humored,… …   New thesaurus

  • amiable — Amiable, Amabilis …   Thresor de la langue françoyse


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