from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being amiable; excellence of disposition; amiableness.
  • noun Lovableness; amability.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being amiable; amiableness; sweetness of disposition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A cheerful and friendly disposition; approachable.

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

  • noun a cheerful and agreeable mood
  • noun a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)


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  • The rage of Cuttikins at this interruption was considerable; he looked at me as if he could have eaten me raw, and remarked with a concentrated spleen, 'Well, I must say, never did I see any human being so improved in amiability as you are.

    Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle 1883

  • But without a doubt, the main reason for his amiability was the immense improvement that had taken place in Purdy: it was noticeable even as the latter entered the drawing-room.

    The Way Home 2003

  • Love is a terrible thing -- quite different from amiability, which is sometimes confused with it.

    The Next of Kin Those who Wait and Wonder Nellie L. McClung 1912

  • "It is not to be called amiability, it is her duty; a slave does not dictate to a master."

    The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas p��re 1836

  • The amiability is the author's and it is the amiability of the measured Augustan, who sees life steadily, sees it whole and gets a jolly good laugh out of it.

    The Coffee House | Politics and News Discussion Forum 2010

  • My amiability, which is in many cases the result of indifference; my indulgency, which is sincere enough, and is due to the fact that I see clearly how unjust men are to one another; my conscientious habits, which afford me real pleasure, and my infinite capacity for enduring ennui, attributable perhaps to my having been so well inoculated by ennui during my youth that it has never taken since, are all to be explained by the circle in which I lived, and the profound impressions which I received.

    Recollections of My Youth Renan, Ernest, 1823-1892 1897

  • That the situation could have been allowed to reach such a point in Brazil, the country of "amiability" and "non-violence in politics" should prompt any leaders not yet entirely blinded by the "battle against subversion" to try to save their country's reputation.

    Torture in Brazil Flores, Ilha das 1970

  • The mere absence of rocks gave the soil a kind of amiability and generosity, and the absence of natural boundaries gave the spirit a wider range.

    The song of the lark 1915

  • It should be noted here that one of the bitterest of tongues could not help doing homage to Oscar Wilde's "amiability": Whistler even preferred to call him "amiable and irresponsible" rather than give his plagiarism a harsher attribute.

    Oscar Wilde His Life and Confessions Harris, Frank 1910

  • The mere absence of rocks gave the soil a kind of amiability and generosity, and the absence of natural boundaries gave the spirit a wider range.

    The Song of the Lark Willa Sibert Cather 1910


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