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lov·a·ble

lovable

 
pronunciation:
luh v bl
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part of speech: adjective
definition: having a nature that attracts love.
Mary is so lovable!
synonyms:
adorable, sweet
antonyms:
hateful
similar words:
attractive, charming, cute, darling, dear, desirable, enchanting, likable, lovely, winning
derivations: lovably (adv.), lovableness (n.)
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The word lovable 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.)