Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having or showing fond feelings or affection; loving and tender.
  • adj. Obsolete Inclined or disposed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having affection or warm regard; loving; fond.
  • adj. Characterised by or proceeding from affection; indicating love; tender.
  • v. To show affection to; to have affection for.
  • v. To emotionally attach (oneself) to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having affection or warm regard; loving; fond.
  • adj. Kindly inclined; zealous.
  • adj. Proceeding from affection; indicating love; tender
  • adj. Strongly inclined; -- with to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having great love or affection; warmly attached; fond; kind; loving: as, an affectionate brother.
  • Devoted in feeling; zealous.
  • Characterized by or manifesting affection; possessing or indicating love; tender; warm-hearted: as, the affectionate care of a parent.
  • Strongly disposed or inclined: with to.
  • Biased; partizan.
  • To affect; be affected, inclined, or disposed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having or displaying warmth or affection

Etymologies

Partly from Latin affectionatus, partly from affection + -ate. (Wiktionary)
Either from the adjective, or from affection + -ate (modelled on Middle French affectionner). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • First Impression: Daphne is described as an affectionate and nonjudgmental confidante who has tall, model-like looks and lots of patience.

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  • A comparison with Jane Austen's early work springs to mind, because Austen began her literary career at much the same age nearly a century earlier, with Love and Freindship [sic] and other exercises in affectionate parody.

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  • The long-term affectionate supportive bonds that develop throughout this long childhood with the mother, with the brothers and sisters, and which can last through a lifetime, which may be up to 60 years.

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  • And in affectionate mischief he would stay the half-hour through before marshalling his flock back to "The Corner."

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  • "Half the trouble is the stupidity of the whites," said Roberts, pausing to take a swig from his glass and to curse the Samoan bar-boy in affectionate terms.

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  • ’ *** ‘As we walked homeward, Scott being a little fatigued, laid his left hand on Tom’s shoulder, and leaned heavily for support, chatting to his “Sunday pony, ” as he called the affectionate fellow, just as freely as with the rest of the party; and Tom put-in his word shrewdly and manfully, and grinned and grunted whenever the joke chanced to be within his apprehension.

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  • He had been captivated by the prismatic wit and charm of Mrs. Carlyle; he held her in affectionate remembrance, and he was horrified to discover, as he imagined, that her days had been darkened by the harshness and neglect of the man he had been accustomed to venerate.

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  • Every one called the affectionate animal by the nickname of Dub-belt-je ', which means Little Double; because this puss was twice as loving as most cat mothers are.

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  • Edwin, straining Wallace to his heart, reproached him in affectionate terms for having left him behind; but while he spoke, joy shone through the tears which hung on his eyelids, and with the smiles of fraternal love, again and again he kissed his friend's hand, and pressed it to his bosom.

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  • In this mournful way it was, that the path was clearing around us for those associates who have gone down with me far into the vale of life, and with some of whom I am still in affectionate correspondence.

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  • That's quite a detailed picture, kaparual! :-)

    September 17, 2007

  • The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it. Whitman, Preface 1855

    December 9, 2006