hospitable

When someone makes you feel comfortable and at home, that person is being hospitable, providing a warm, friendly environment. Anything hospitable is welcoming and open.

A Greek proverb suggested that in being hospitable, the main feeling should be good will. The basis for the word hospitable is the Latin hospes, which refers to welcoming a guest, a word that evolved into meaning "to entertain." Consider that being hospitable means, as someone once said, “making your guests feel at home, even though you wish they were.” In other words, entertaining them. (You can also “entertain” new ideas with an open, hospitable mind.)

DEFINITIONS OF: hospitable

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adj disposed to treat guests and strangers with cordiality and generosity

“a good-natured and hospitable man”
“a hospitable act”
hospitable invitations”
Synonyms
friendly
characteristic of or befitting a friend
welcoming
very cordial
Antonyms:
inhospitable
not hospitable
unfriendly
not disposed to friendship or friendliness
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adj favorable to life and growth

“soil sufficiently hospitable for forest growth”
“a hospitable environment”
Synonyms
genial, kind
agreeable, conducive to comfort
Antonyms:
inhospitable
unfavorable to life or growth
bare, barren, bleak, desolate, stark
providing no shelter or sustenance
godforsaken, waste, wild
located in a dismal or remote area; desolate
hostile, uncongenial, unfriendly
very unfavorable to life or growth
water-washed
washed or swept with water especially waves of the sea
windswept
open to or swept by wind
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adj having an open mind

hospitable to new ideas”
Synonyms
open, receptive
ready or willing to receive favorably
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