• WordNet 3.6
    • n amiableness a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Amiableness The quality of being amiable; amiability.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n amiableness The quality of being amiable; loveliness; amiability.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Amiableness quality of being amiable, or of exciting love
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  • William Ellery Channing
    “Natural amiableness is too often seen in company with sloth, with uselessness, with the vanity of fashionable life.”
  • Anne Sophie Swetchine
    “How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.”
  • Seneca
    “No one is better born than another, unless they are born with better abilities and a more amiable disposition.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “Good nature is more agreeable in conversation than wit and gives a certain air to the countenance which is more amiable than beauty.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Her great merit is finding out mine -- there is nothing so amiable as discernment.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “It destroys one's nerve to be amiable every day to the same human being.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. amiable, friendly—L. amicabilis, from amicus, a friend; there is a confusion in meaning with O. Fr. amable (mod. Fr. aimable), lovable—L. amabilisam-āre, to love.


In literature:

It really was not much to do for this uncle of America who had been so amiable.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
Maturing thus her amiable designs, she safely reached the meadows near Boltay's dwelling.
"A Hungarian Nabob" by Maurus Jókai
But never did I see a folk so devoid of this amiable quality.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 100, February, 1866" by Various
Rollitt looked down almost amiably at the speaker.
"The Cock-House at Fellsgarth" by Talbot Baines Reed
The good lady was in an amiable mood.
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed
When all these amiable ingredients are compounded together, we have our model sneak.
"Parkhurst Boys" by Talbot Baines Reed
Ellen Barrow, Mrs Clayton's charge, was not only sweetly pretty, but good and amiable in every respect.
"Mark Seaworth" by William H.G. Kingston
Mr Root was trying with a forty Chesterfieldean power to look amiable.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
His feelings, though always amiable, were not painfully deep, and amid joy or sorrow, the philosophic vein was ever evident.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
What I want are war-ships, soldiers, a big loan, not the agreeable conversation of amiable politicians.
"The Dictator" by Justin McCarthy

In poetry:

My God, what endless pleasures dwell
Above at thy right hand
Thy courts below, how amiable!
Where all thy graces stand!
"Hymn 42" by Isaac Watts
My trees are amiably arrayed
In pattern on the dappled sky,
And I may sit in filtered shade
And watch the tidy years go by.
"Story Of Mrs. W-" by Dorothy Parker
A babe, above his mother's years,
And fully equal to his Sire's!—
His mother's father;— daughter's child!—
Though speechless, amiable and mild!
"Let Us Go To Bethlehem " by Rees Prichard
There was an Old Man of the Isles,
Whose face was pervaded with smiles;
He sung high dum diddle,
And played on the fiddle,
That amiable Man of the Isles.
"Limerick: There was an Old Man of the Isles" by Edward Lear
And now, since the war in France with us is o'er,
And Edward, our son, about to marry the lady he does adore,
The most amiable and lovely Countess of Kent;
Therefore, I hope they will happy live together and never repent.
"Jack o' the Cudgel" by William Topaz McGonagall
This is the merry Golf Lynx, as you see;
An amiable beast, and fond of tee.
Indigenous to all the country round,
His snaky length lies prone along the ground.
It is the fashion o'er this beast to rave,
But have a care, lest you become his slave.
"A Phenomenal Fauna" by Carolyn Wells

In news:

Annual Ceremony Honors New York's ' Amiable Child'.
A letter on March 13 concerning the gravesite near Grant's Tomb in Riverside Park inscribed, "An Amiable Child, St Clair Pollock," suggests that it is not very well known.
His handle was of a warmer sort that reflected his wonderfully amiable personality.
He persona Robert Frost presented to the public was that of an amiable hayseed with a twinkle in his eye: a Yankee nature poet masquerading as a snowy-haired New England farmer.
Timothy McCracken, an amiable guy who works for Firaxis Games in Hunt Valley, Md.
"Wow," said the amiable Sulzer, who made a nice recovery and gave St Edward the antique Fire Department call box that will be displayed in the school trophy case until St Ignatius can take it back.
Recently I hired an amiable local kid to help me move some boxes, explaining that my husband was in Saudi Arabia.
This is because although many cats are easygoing and can live amiably with others, cats are generally considered solitary creatures .
"Trouble With the Curve" is a baseball dramedy that telegraphs its pitches, an amiable, meandering character study whose big plot points hang there like the curveballs of its title.
Michael Healey, best known as the amiable spokesman for former Attorney General Patrick Lynch, has nicknamed independent investigative reporter Jim Hummel 's stories the " Hummel Pummel".
I wish you all a happy Hanukkah, an amiable advent season, a super solstice and a very, very special end of the world.
Friends will remember him as an amiable, soft-spoken man who dedicated the latter part of his life to an island community he came to love and serve.
View full size Mike Rogoway/The Oregonian Mentor Graphics CEO Wally Rhines chatted amiably by phone with Carl Icahn following Thursday's shareholder meeting in Wilsonville.
The restaurant that first made dining alfresco on Rittenhouse Square cool continues to be a see-or-be-seen spot for after - work drinks and power lunches, thanks to amiable servers who always remember your name.
Roman Baratiak is probably best known locally as the tall, amiable fellow with conversational style who introduces films and speakers to Campbell Hall audiences at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

In science:

But the KLT is only one transformation that can make the feature space more amiable for classification.
Basics of Feature Selection and Statistical Learning for High Energy Physics