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

  • adj. Having an easygoing, cheerful disposition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a perpetual kind disposition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Naturally mild in temper; not easily provoked; amiable; cheerful; not taking offense easily. Opposite of ill-natured.
  • adj. to one's own liking or feelings or nature; pleasing; -- of people. Opposite of disagreeable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a good disposition; naturally mild in temper; easily acquiescent.
  • Synonyms Gracious, Kind, etc. See benignant.

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

  • adj. having an easygoing and cheerful disposition


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