affectionateness


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Related to affectionateness: lovingness

af·fec·tion·ate

 (ə-fĕk′shə-nĭt)
adj.
1. Having or showing fond feelings or affection; loving and tender.
2. Obsolete Inclined or disposed.

af·fec′tion·ate·ly adv.
af·fec′tion·ate·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.affectionateness - a positive feeling of likingaffectionateness - a positive feeling of liking; "he had trouble expressing the affection he felt"; "the child won everyone's heart"; "the warmness of his welcome made us feel right at home"
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
attachment, fond regard - a feeling of affection for a person or an institution
protectiveness - a feeling of protective affection
regard, respect - a feeling of friendship and esteem; "she mistook his manly regard for love"; "he inspires respect"
soft spot - a sentimental affection; "she had a soft spot for her youngest son"
2.affectionateness - a quality proceeding from feelings of affection or loveaffectionateness - a quality proceeding from feelings of affection or love
emotionalism, emotionality - emotional nature or quality
tenderness - a tendency to express warm and affectionate feeling
uxoriousness - foolish fondness for or excessive submissiveness to one's wife
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Selina" received her with a pathetic affectionateness and a disposition to give edifying answers on the commonest topics, which could hardly have reference to an ordinary quarrel of which the most important consequence was a perturbation of Mr.
And I'll stand by you whatever you make up your mind to do," said the brother, with rough but well-meaning affectionateness.
So now the desire to know the history of a very portly toad, added to her habitual affectionateness, made her run back to Maggie and say, "Oh, there is such a big, funny toad, Maggie