Affe'ctionate. adj. [affectionné, Fr. from affection.]
- Full of affection; strongly moved; warm; zealous.
In their love of God, and desire to please him, men can never be too affectionate; and it is as true, that, in their hatred of sin, men may be sometimes too passionate. Sprat's Sermons.
- Strongly inclined to; disposed to; with the particle to.
As for the parliament, it presently took fire, being affectionate, of old, to the war of France. Bacon's Henry VII.
- Fond; tender.
He found me sitting, beholding this picture, I know not with how affectionate countenance, but, I am sure, with a most affectionate mind. Sidney.
Away they fly
Affectionate, and undesiring bear
The most delicious morsel to their young. Thomson's Spring.
- Benevolent; tender.
When we reflect on all this affectionate care of providence for our happiness, with what wonder must we observe the little effect it has on men. Rogers's Sermons.