companionableness


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com·pan·ion·a·ble

 (kəm-păn′yə-nə-bəl)
adj.
1. Having the qualities of a good companion; friendly. See Synonyms at social.
2. Suggestive of or conducive to companionship: reading together in companionable silence.

com·pan′ion·a·ble·ness n.
com·pan′ion·a·bly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.companionableness - suitability to be a companion
sociability, sociableness - the relative tendency or disposition to be sociable or associate with one's fellows
References in classic literature ?
She knew that at times she must be missed; and could not think, without pain, of Emma's losing a single pleasure, or suffering an hour's ennui, from the want of her companionableness: but dear Emma was of no feeble character; she was more equal to her situation than most girls would have been, and had sense, and energy, and spirits that might be hoped would bear her well and happily through its little difficulties and privations.
They were three days on their journey, and Marianne's behaviour as they travelled was a happy specimen of what future complaisance and companionableness to Mrs.
It requires an editor who will forge these essays into a coherent unit by insisting upon the "Companionableness" of the Companion.
In conclusion, however, it has to be said that unfortunately, the overall value and companionableness of this volume is severely prejudiced by too many omissions and tepidities.
What is most disconcerting about the revealed images, both verbal and visual, is the essential discontinuity evidenced to someone concerned in the reading process with discovering conformity between interpretation and text, companionableness between the visual and the verbal.
"The usefulness, companionableness, and gentleness of snakes," she began, "is sometimes alluded to in print by scientists and by amateurs."