Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In an amiable manner; in a friendly or pleasant manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In an amiable manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an amiable manner; in a manner to excite or attract love.
  • Pleasingly; delightfully.

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

  • adv. in an affable manner

Etymologies

amiable +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “Watch out below!” he called amiably, then double-checked that the alligator clips were firmly in place, shut the service-box door, and shinnied back down the pole.

    Kahawa

  • "Come here, girl!" she called amiably in a quavery old-woman voice.

    Legacy

  • "But it's half an hour earlier," he protests, in a manner the interviewer calls "amiably disingenuous".

    Media Monkey's Diary

  • He handled Palin deftly (which is to say amiably and without making a big deal of the fact that she wasn't actually answering the questions), and exhibited a clear grasp of what he was out there to do.

    Charging RINO

  • Even when he was working on a shoestring, he revealed the kind of amiably creative flair that is often overlooked by film snobs in their unending quest for audience-unfriendly breakthroughs to punish the paying customers for their bourgeois tastes.

    Burns' Comic Realism Remains, His Brothers Are Gone

  • These colleagues were as we had hoped amiably ruthless in discerning “opportunities for improvement” in that draft.

    American Grace

  • It's not exactly Alan Bennett, but it proceeds amiably enough from one well-worn double entendre to the next – and Tim Healy's transvestite barman alone banishes the temptation to channel-hop.

    Tonight's TV highlights: Asian Gracefully | Benidorm | Friday Night Dinner | The Simpsons | Ron Sexsmith: Love Shines | Treme

  • Richard Tresvant is a very good friend of mine…despite the substantial age difference, Walter Bumgaarten replied amiably.

    Larger Than Lyfe

  • I open my car door and begin to get out -- but the third soldier pushes me gently back and then leans into the window, peering amiably. “And besides,” I continue, “there were no signs forbidding such photographs.

    Lawrence Weschler: The Art of the Shakedown, From the Nile to the Potomac

  • Curtis listened amiably and offered to allow his name to be used on whatever letterhead, committee listing or invitation would help.

    Tom Teicholz: The Man Who Was Tony Curtis

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