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  • Somehow, in the broad, shadowless light of noon, the water looked amiable and welcoming.   (source)
    amiable = friendly, agreeable, and likable
  • And behind them jogged a middle-aged man with his own now solemn, now amiable, thoughts.   (source)
  • (Amiably, as he sits himself easily on a chair, leaning forward on his knees with interest and looking expectantly into the newcomer's face) What can we do for you, Mr. Lindner!   (source)
    amiably = in a friendly manner
  • An amiable business arrangement.   (source)
    amiable = friendly
  • The spy chatted on amiably.   (source)
    amiably = in a friendly way
  • Then he speaks slowly and with false amiability.   (source)
    amiability = friendliness
  • You're not very amiable.   (source)
    amiable = friendly
  • I refused--not because I had anything against him; he seemed a mild, amiable man.   (source)
    amiable = friendly, agreeable, and likable
  • Very nice, very amiable.   (source)
  • "You'd think I ought to let Anne go to the moon if she took the notion, I've no doubt" was Marilla's amiable rejoinder.   (source)
  • As they passed down the hall Gunch demanded amiably, "George, old scout, you were soreheaded about something, here a while back."   (source)
    amiably = in a friendly way
  • An elderly gentleman of the amiable military type   (source)
    amiable = friendly, agreeable, and likable
  • Well, get up, so I told myself, ... dress and show an amiable disposition towards your fellow-men.   (source)
  • an elderly gentleman of a very amiable disposition   (source)
  • Varia did not try to look amiable, and kept her gloomy expression.   (source)
  • who had suddenly become particularly amiable and friendly to him   (source)
  • I am sorry, Mrs. Hedda,--but I fear I must dispel an amiable illusion.   (source)
    amiable = pleasant (friendly and kindly)
  • both burst out laughing, and the discussion took a more amiable turn.   (source)
    amiable = friendly
  • During all that period she appeared to me the most amiable and benevolent of human creatures.   (source)
    amiable = friendly, agreeable, and likable
  • He is perfectly amiable.   (source)
  • On the afternoon of September 10, driving out of Cut Bank after buying some parts for a malfunctioning combine, he pulled over for a hitchhiker, an amiable kid who said his name was Alex McCandless.†   (source)
  • Phillips was an amiable man and was, judging by his letters, highly articulate, but he preferred not to speak.†   (source)
  • Stacey pulled back, considering whether or not T.J.'s words were offensive, but T.J. immediately erased the question by continuing amiably.†   (source)
  • She also liked to leaf through my Grandmother Adelia's tooled-leather scrapbooks, with their dainty embossed invitations carefully glued in, their menus printed up at the newspaper office, and the subsequent newspaper clippings — the charity teas, the improving lectures illustrated by lantern slides — the hardy, amiable travellers to Paris and Greece and even India, the Sweden-borgians, the Fabians, the Vegetarians, all the various promoters of self-improvement, with once in a while something truly outré — a missionary to Africa, or the Sahara, or New Guinea, describing how the natives practised witchcraft or hid their women behind elaborate wooden masks o†   (source)
  • "Come now," the stranger said amiably.†   (source)
  • "I say, that's a bit much," said Frost, amiably.†   (source)
  • "Well, it won't hurt you to stick around a few minutes and be sociable," Williams replied amiably.†   (source)
  • No, Carl Heine was not amiable, but neither was he a bad sort.†   (source)
  • "That's another reason I'm retiring!" old Thorny told Owen amiably.†   (source)
  • "They are your people, and they love you well," Magister Illyrio said amiably.†   (source)
  • Instead he steered me amiably into the lane leading toward the infirmary.†   (source)
  • Lacey is the right driver for the situation; I'd be pounding the steering wheel, but she's just amiably chatting with Ben until she turns half around and says, "Q, I really need to go to the bathroom, and we're losing time behind this truck anyway."†   (source)
  • Hobie was amiably silent, reaching for his wine glass without taking his eyes off me.†   (source)
  • Brom and Jeod sat before an oval writing desk, talking amiably.†   (source)
  • "Thanks," Jacob said amiably.†   (source)
  • "I know that creek well," Dr. Edmonds said amiably.†   (source)
  • "Tu kralim," the young Ceald replied amiably.†   (source)
  • "The only problem is she's killed three male dogs I've tried to breed her to... "I'll pass," I say, and he shrugs amiably, jumps into the plane, and takes off.†   (source)
  • The amiability drained from the other man's face.†   (source)
  • But this effervescence was frenetic and likely to vanish in an instant; just a word or two of amiable feeling on my part, some suggestion that I found his companionship pleasant, could banish all such affairs for months.†   (source)
  • The man himself was a mixture of simplicity, shrewdness, and amiability.†   (source)
  • In the window in Molly's bathroom, also on the ocean side, a light cotton curtain dances constantly in the breeze, sucked toward the screen and out again, billowing toward the sink, an amiable ghostly presence.†   (source)
  • Esteban, who had not had a chance to get to know his daughter, mistook her placid amiability and her eagerness to set the table with the silver candlesticks for love.†   (source)
  • In his amiable way he was telling the truth, because one could not imagine a less despotic husband.†   (source)
  • "I wonder if his mom would agree with that," Uncle Robert replied amiably, cocking an eyebrow.†   (source)
  • As he filled the radiator, his head bent over the engine, he began to chat amiably, and on ascertaining that I was undertaking a motoring tour of the area, recommended I visit a local beauty spot, a certain pond not half a mile away.†   (source)
  • That year, Robben Island's commanding officer was Colonel Van Aarde, a rather amiable, harmless fellow who allowed us free rein.†   (source)
  • "That's a different story," interjected the bird a bit more amiably.†   (source)
  • Now all three-Dick and the boy and Perry-were piling out of the car and shamelessly, though amiably, competing with one another.†   (source)
  • I knew, even then, that there was an inner hardness, often volatile anger beneath the outwardly amiable, thoughtful, carefully controlled demeanor of John Kennedy.†   (source)
  • They stood on the banks of the creek, chatting amiably, while Dish hung his head and made the sound like the bogged cow.†   (source)
  • The man turned to Fiver with the kind of amiability that an ogre might show to a victim whom they both know that he will kill and eat as soon as it suits him to do so.†   (source)
  • While Eva tested and argued with her men, leaving them feeling as though they had been in combat with a worthy, if amiable, foe, Hannah rubbed no edges, made no demands, made the man feel as though he were complete and wonderful just as he was—he didn't need fixing—and so he relaxed and swooned in the Hannah-light that shone on him simply because he was.†   (source)
  • Rob's in the room, and they talk amiably, still a welcome change after the long months of strife.†   (source)
  • Once Millie's pesky skin irritation had been addressed, Hannah waddled away, greeting a nearby work crew with the amiable ease of a big-city mayor.†   (source)
  • "Amiable" and "modest" were words frequently used to describe him, and there was a softness in his eyes that people remembered.†   (source)
  • With amiable regret, he declined the offer of a combat post under General Dreedle.†   (source)
  • August is oblivious, buttoning his waistcoat and chatting amiably when Uncle Al bursts through the flap.†   (source)
  • "So," Christian asked amiably.†   (source)
  • After work, with overpowering rain coming down continuously, he'd come up to the house to play a few games of chess with Ben and stay for dinner, where the four of them would sit at the table, chatting amiably.†   (source)
  • "Way to think outside the box, Guillaume," Chaz says amiably.†   (source)
  • "That sounds like a law firm," said Stevens amiably, walking across the room, hand extended.†   (source)
  • You see, instead of severing the prefrontal lobe, a single lobe, that is, we apply pressure in the proper degrees to the major centers of nerve control-our concept is Gestalt-and the result is as complete a change of personality as you'll find in your famous fairy-tale cases of criminals transformed into amiable fellows after all that bloody business of a brain operation.†   (source)
  • The one who I notice most, beaming evil rays from her charcoal pencil-smeared eyes, is the most-likely-to-be our-next-class-president, the ever-amiable Madison.†   (source)
  • He nods amiably, helping himself to the toast she has kept warm for him in the oven.†   (source)
  • I started setting up, and Dr. Einstein, who was a very amiable man, was chatting with me and expressed curiosity about tape recording, which was fairly new in those days.†   (source)
  • You're a practical man, Mr. Rearden," said Dr. Ferris amiably.†   (source)
  • After a morning at church, we stroll amiably toward Ladies' Mile in Hyde Park.†   (source)
  • A bit reserved, but amiable.†   (source)
  • I am an amiable man.†   (source)
  • The man in the other pannier looked round at me quite amiably.†   (source)
  • "Tote all my friends here," he said amiably and then looked to the sky.†   (source)
  • Old Chao said this pointedly; but then as if remembering himself, continued in a more amiable tone.†   (source)
  • Surely if there were any truth in the notion that reading fiction greatly increased our capacity for empathy then college English departments, which have by far the densest concentration of fiction readers in human history, would be legendary for their absence of back-stabbing, competitive ill-will, factional rage, and egocentric self-promoters; they'd be the one place where disputes are most often quickly and amiably resolved by mutual empathetic engagement.†   (source)
  • Mark had stopped to talk with an amiable, blue-haired woman who looked two hundred years old and gave every indication of monopolizing his company all night.†   (source)
  • Two undercover SWAT agents were chatting amiably just outside the hotel's entrance.†   (source)
  • Then I whistled to Charley and he responded amiably enough.†   (source)
  • He gazed at her, perhaps having had his vision of consensus as others do orgasms, face now smooth, amiable, at peace.†   (source)
  • The pilot, an amiable flight lieutenant wearing a handlebar mustache, watched the load going aboard with honest bewilderment writ large across his brow.†   (source)
  • The amiable, decent American was in all his features.†   (source)
  • DOCTOR [AMIABLY]: Yes, especially if some of you Kellers don't get a night's sleep.†   (source)
  • Now he could not have been more amiable and engaging.†   (source)
  • "Well-intentioned for all that—" I was beginning hotly when he began to laugh, grinning widely so that the lines of his face were somehow lost in the creases of laughter, making him look young and amiable.†   (source)
  • "My name is Rashaverak," said the Overlord amiably.†   (source)
  • She is a buxom Irish peasant, in her early twenties, with a red-cheeked comely face, black hair and blue eyes— amiable, ignorant, clumsy, and possessed by a dense, well-meaning stupidity.†   (source)
  • They chat amiably.]†   (source)
  • He was amazed at Lara's amiability toward them, and he could not believe that she sincerely liked any of them.†   (source)
  • His black eyes were amiably following a little fly now.†   (source)
  • Henry Adams considered him to be one of "the calmest, most reasonable and most amiable men in the United States, and quite unusual in social charm.†   (source)
  • She would sell tickets for a charity dance or act as a dancing partner for a visiting fullback with equal amiability.†   (source)
  • "Thank you for your amiability, Doctor," said Poirot.   (source)
    amiability = the quality of being friendly and agreeable
  • The inhabitants of the Humble Home were supposed to be amiable and intelligent.   (source)
    amiable = friendly, agreeable, and likable
  • He was still smiling in the most amiable manner.   (source)
  • I watched my master's face pass from amiability to sternness;   (source)
    amiability = the quality of being friendly and agreeable
  • Mrs. Penniman was truly amiable, but she now gave signs of temper.   (source)
    amiable = friendly, agreeable, and likable
  • I am playful; playfulness is a part of my amiable character.   (source)
    amiable = friendly
  • I shall see no one half so amiable where I am going.   (source)
    amiable = friendly, agreeable, and likable
  • He dropped his arms and went up to the wagon, smiling amiably and looking at them out of his pale blue eyes.   (source)
    amiably = in a friendly way
  • Martin, in ... his distaste for the amiable dullness of Irving Watters, turned to the roaring Clif as to something living and experimenting.   (source)
    amiable = friendly, agreeable, and likable
  • Yet, though so well acquainted with this amiable weakness, no individual among his parishioners chose to make the black veil a subject of friendly remonstrance.   (source)
    amiable = easy to get along with
  • he might have had amiable intentions.   (source)
    amiable = friendly, agreeable, and likable
  • That sweet, amiable Jane Fairfax!   (source)
  • she need not fear to acknowledge some actual specks in the character of their father, who ... she did believe, upon serious consideration, to be not perfectly amiable.   (source)
  • Is she said to be amiable?   (source)
  • "Yes, yes," Aro said, a hint of impatience in his otherwise amiable tone.†   (source)
  • Set chatted amiably about tjesu heru poison: "Completely incurable!†   (source)
  • Even guards who had once been amiable were now hostile, lashing out without reason.†   (source)
  • His smile was amiable, yet she could see the sheen of sweat on his brow.†   (source)
  • Alex Van Ness agreed amiably; the defendant had indeed lied.†   (source)
  • His answering look was amiable and drowsy.†   (source)
  • "Ah, beautiful," said Gyuri amiably, leaning in to look at my right side.†   (source)
  • He chatted amiably with Ser Balon and Ser Dontos as he made his way to the front.†   (source)
  • Anyway," he said amiably, pouring part of his own beer into my half-empty glass.†   (source)
  • "He's robbing you blind, wench," Jaime said amiably.†   (source)
  • He may have been an amiable little horse, but his career prospects looked dim.†   (source)
  • Neither courtesy nor amiability is on my mind just now, sir.†   (source)
  • "Or I might kill my bro Percy," Jason said amiably.†   (source)
  • And for years after that, a chauvinist of the more amiable sort.†   (source)
  • Jaime remembered Owen Merryweather well enough; an amiable man, but ineffectual.†   (source)
  • He peered up at them, his lumpish face grinning amiably.†   (source)
  • Your young lady has an amiable way to her.†   (source)
  • "Evening, sir," she said amiably, pushing the cart inside.†   (source)
  • "Well, let me be of service," piped Toby amiably.†   (source)
  • We'll discuss it, you and I," said Mouch amiably.†   (source)
  • His disposition appears extremely amiable.†   (source)
  • Richter amiably, "shall we see a few demonstrations?"†   (source)
  • They chat amiably across a shin-high magazine table.†   (source)
  • I decided I didn't want pie," Lou said amiably and shut the door quietly behind her and Oz.†   (source)
  • Pumpkin was amiable to every horse he met and became a surrogate parent to the flighty ones.†   (source)
  • Patrick was a bright, amiable, undaunted fellow with whom we got along very well.†   (source)
  • The doctor chuckled amiably and lit another cigarette.†   (source)
  • Emmett was an amiable man, and he loved the song of swords.†   (source)
  • That's hardly a courteous or an amiable way to begin, Mr. Conklin," observed the director.†   (source)
  • He was prepared not to be received, even with an amiable excuse, and that certainty kept him calm.†   (source)
  • He laughed often, and well, and spoke amiably to highborn lords and lowly serving wenches alike.†   (source)
  • "amiable," even "tender," and Washington felt much the same way.†   (source)
  • "I'm serious," Longstreet said amiably "A little eccentricity is a help to a general.†   (source)
  • Mr. McDaniels is my father," he said amiably while looking around the room.†   (source)
  • Amiable was too free a word when applied to Hunter.†   (source)
  • "Hello, little boy;" he said, amiably shaking Milo by the hand.†   (source)
  • Aarfy grinned again and shrugged amiably.†   (source)
  • "What have we here?" inquired the demon amiably.†   (source)
  • She was basically straightforward and...well, yes, she was amiable.†   (source)
  • "Okay," said Kinnan amiably, "let's talk your lingo.†   (source)
  • Our own father was gentle and amiable, but so weak his bannermen mocked him in their cups.†   (source)
  • In his early life, she recalled, no child was ever so tender and amiable.†   (source)
  • Wasn't it odd that Smith was so amiable about having been caught?†   (source)
  • "Why, no prince is ever late," the Lord of White Harbor responded amiably.†   (source)
  • They all had their father's amiable personality, and most of them had his homely little body too.†   (source)
  • "No one," he agreed amiably, "least of all our father.†   (source)
  • Lothar seemed amiable, that's a hopeful sign.†   (source)
  • He is so amiable that I pronounce you will love him if ever you become acquainted with him.†   (source)
  • "Virtue is not always amiable," Adams concluded.†   (source)
  • "Rather too fierce, for an amiable fellow like me," said Petyr.†   (source)
  • He has an amiable wife ....two lovely children.†   (source)
  • Plumm was a creature of the free companies, an amiable mongrel.†   (source)
  • "Well met, friends," he called to them amiably.†   (source)
  • "That was good of you," said the singer amiably.†   (source)
  • "Blount is a blustering coward," he said amiably.†   (source)
  • His black hair was plastered down and parted in the middle; he grinned with amiable fatuity.†   (source)
  • But Lotte had an amiable, generous disposition that refuted the look of menace.†   (source)
  • There was a distant amiability in his tone that filled her with encouragement.†   (source)
  • It was door, and a mom —year-old deputy leader of the Bruce Herrod, the amiable thirty-seven South African team, and the sole remaining member of that expedition with real mountaineering credentials.†   (source)
  • She smiles amiably at her brother, revealing her yellowing teeth, and Nabi laughs, looking down at his cup.†   (source)
  • She has a large family—she's had so many children, I've lost count—but she makes an effort to sit at the housemothers' table on Sundays; and she chatters amiably to the weekend girls.†   (source)
  • Nothing but a great, amiable boredom.†   (source)
  • Wanda was forever foraging in her purse for a lighter, swaying and leaning into the person next to her as she babbled amiably.†   (source)
  • She nodded amiably, smiling dreamily.†   (source)
  • Herrod, whom I'd met several times on the mountain, was an amiable thirty-seven-year-old of bearish build.†   (source)
  • That means I can run past you again just like Jesse Owens at the Olympics .... When Sister Maria found it, she asked him a question, very amiably.†   (source)
  • The penguins tottered and clucked and dived, slipping off the habitat rocks like amiable hams but living under water like tuxedoed muscles.†   (source)
  • He spoke very amiably.†   (source)
  • The first time he'd seen her after the war she'd tried, he recalled, to be amiable, but he had not been capable of accepting this.†   (source)
  • He found Littlefinger in the brothel's — common room, chatting amiably with a tall, elegant woman who wore a feathered gown over skin as black as ink.†   (source)
  • Cozily, he slipped one arm through hers, and with the other reached over and patted her on the hand: a little Puritan-looking devil of a man, thin, amiable, spry.†   (source)
  • His ruddy cheeks and his long, old-fashioned nose, in combination with the prematurely white hair, gave him the amiable look of a lesser founding father, some minor member of the Continental Congress teleported to the twenty-first century.†   (source)
  • How long's he here for?" he repeated amiably when I didn't answer—he couldn't see my face, staring out horrified into the street.†   (source)
  • I asked amiably, looking between them.†   (source)
  • slapping me on the back, pouring me shots, offering me food, offering me Marlboros, shouting amiably at me in Russian without apparent expectation of reply— Hand on my shoulder.†   (source)
  • Amiably I got up— swaying happily on air, supporting myself on bits of furniture as I walked —and smiled at the girl in the door: blonde, shy-seeming, offering me my clothes wrapped in plastic.†   (source)
  • He wanted to know as little as possible, to feel only enough to get through the day amiably and to be interesting enough to warrant the curiosity of other people—but not their all-consuming devotion.†   (source)
  • The gunslinger nodded amiably.†   (source)
  • An amiable fellow like me?†   (source)
  • He was lively, pungent, and naturally amiable—so amiable, as Thomas Jefferson would later write, that it was impossible not to warm to him.†   (source)
  • The taller of the two, a wiry type with dirty-blond, crew-cut hair, had an engaging grin and a polite manner, and his partner, the "runty" one, holding a harmonica in his right hand and, in his left, a swollen straw suit-case, seemed "nice enough," shy but amiable.†   (source)
  • "Sonny, I had some until this morning," he replied amiably, "but Junior Cassell came by and got part of it for a doghouse, and Reverend Richard got the rest to patch the roof of his church.†   (source)
  • Littlefinger was as amiable as he was clever, but too lowborn to threaten any of the great lords, with no swords of his own.†   (source)
  • He was, after all, an amiable fellow, taking the trouble to guide me in reversing out through the gateway, and before I parted, he bent down and recommended again that I visit the local pond, repeating his instructions on how I would find it.†   (source)
  • It was as if Charles Halloway, once more a choirboy in a strange sub-sub-demon church had sung the most beautiful high note of amiable humor ever in his life which first shook moth-silver from the mirror backs, then shook images from glass faces, then shook glass itself to ruin.†   (source)
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