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lik·a·ble [or] like·a·ble

likable [or] likeable

laI k bl
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part of speech: adjective
definition: liked by others, or easy to like.
He is a likable guy.
agreeable, amiable, nice, pleasant
similar words:
affable, favorable, friendly, genial, lovable, sweet
derivations: likability (n.), likableness (n.)
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  character, personality
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The word likable contains the following part:
-able, -ible, -ble Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being, doing, or undergoing
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The suffix -able , and its variants, is attached to Latin verb roots or English transitive verbs to form adjectives. (In a small set of cases, -able is attached to a noun, e.g. knowledgeable and marriageable.) For spelling purposes, it is useful to know that -able is more likely to be added to a whole English word (comparable, adorable ), while -ible is more likely to follow a bound root (visible , legible ). However,there are still many words which combine a root with -able (capable , inevitable ). The suffix -ity can be added to any adjective ending in -able , -ible , -ble to produce a corresponding noun ending in -ability, -ibility, -bility (possible + -ity > possibility; irrevocable + -ity > irrevocability.)