Positive Adjectives to Describe People

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  1. adaptable
    capable of fitting a particular situation or use
    When Connie's parents divorced, she proved herself to be adaptable. It wasn't easy, but she learned how to cope with this big change.
  2. adventurous
    willing to undertake new and daring enterprises
  3. affectionate
    having or displaying warmth or fondness
  4. ambitious
    having a strong desire for success or achievement
  5. amiable
    diffusing warmth and friendliness
  6. compassionate
    showing or having sympathy for another's suffering
  7. considerate
    showing concern for the rights and feelings of others
  8. courageous
    able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching
  9. courteous
    characterized by politeness and gracious good manners
  10. diligent
    characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks
  11. empathetic
    showing ready comprehension of others' states
  12. exuberant
    unrestrained, especially with regard to feelings
  13. frank
    characterized by directness in manner or speech
  14. generous
    willing to give and share unstintingly
  15. gregarious
    temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others
  16. impartial
    free from undue bias or preconceived opinions
  17. intuitive
    obtained through instinctive knowledge
  18. inventive
    marked by independence and creativity in thought or action
    Since the band's drummer did not show up for the concert, they got inventive--they asked members of the audience to come up and clap and play tambourines.
  19. passionate
    having or expressing strong emotions
  20. persistent
    stubbornly unyielding
  21. philosophical
    meeting trouble with level-headed detachment
  22. practical
    guided by experience and observation rather than theory
  23. rational
    having its source in or being guided by the intellect
  24. reliable
    worthy of trust
  25. resourceful
    adroit or imaginative
  26. sensible
    able to feel or perceive
  27. sincere
    open and genuine; not deceitful
  28. sympathetic
    expressing compassion or friendly fellow feelings
  29. unassuming
    not arrogant
  30. witty
    demonstrating striking cleverness and humor
Created on February 24, 2013 (updated November 4, 2020)

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