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Related to affectionateness: lovingness


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.
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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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References in classic literature ?
"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!
But Ralph also had a generosity of spirit, a warmth, a natural affectionateness, that made it plain that however clear his principles were, if you belonged to the wide circle of decent folk, of freedom-loving men and women, he was your friend, and on your side.
Noting her "affectionateness and unexpected submissiveness," Tito now hopes that she will accommodate herself to "his will" (355).
When he sent a copy of his novel to Richard Chenevix Trench, Maurice explained it as an expression of his desire "to have more deep and affectionate sympathy with every state of feeling through which I or any dear friends have passed."(6) In the novel itself the depth of the sympathy is more apparent than its affectionateness, but the nature of Maurice's project is clear: his plan was to write a novel that embodied as completely as possible not just his own experience, but the experience of his group.
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