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.
    People who are adaptable can overcome change easily.
  2. adventurous
    willing to undertake new and daring enterprises
    People who are adventurous seek out the fun in life. They love to try something new--sometimes an act that others would find scary. Adventurous people love to travel and try new foods at a restaurant.
  3. affectionate
    having or displaying warmth or affection
    If you like to snuggle up next to someone, then you are affectionate.
  4. ambitious
    having a strong desire for success or achievement
    Ambitious people try to get ahead in life--they look for opportunities to better their life. For the most part, this has a positive feeling, but in some people, ambition is too strong and they hurt people along the way to get what they want.
  5. amiable
    diffusing warmth and friendliness
    Amiable people are affable. They are kind, warm and friendly.
  6. compassionate
    showing or having sympathy for another's suffering
    Someone who is compassionate feels a strong sense of sadness when they see others who are suffering. A compassionate person always tries to do something to help ease the suffering. You would find a compassionate person helping out in a homeless shelter.
  7. considerate
    showing concern for the rights and feelings of others
    A considerate person looks out for other people. They often allow someone else to have the last piece of pie or they hold the door open for another person.
  8. courageous
    able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching
    A courageous person is brave. They are the type of person to run into a burning building. They are also likely to get involved to stop a bullying situation.
  9. courteous
    characterized by politeness and gracious good manners
    Courteous people say, "Please," "Thank you" and "No, thanks." Their manners are present because they are nice toward other people.
  10. diligent
    characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks
    Diligent people work hard until a job is done. They take great care in doing things right. They don't give up.
  11. empathetic
    showing ready comprehension of others' states
    Someone who is empathetic is able to understand people better because they see things from the other person's perspective.

    When it comes to working with children it is important to be empathetic. My daughters might be upset for a ridiculous reason, but I can only help them if I understand why they truly feel as they do.
  12. exuberant
    unrestrained, especially with regard to feelings
    An exuberant person is full of joy and has a lot of energy to show it.
  13. frank
    characterized by directness in manner or speech
    Someone who is frank "tells it like it is." It might not be pretty, but they will tell you straight.
  14. generous
    willing to give and share unstintingly
    A generous person shares what they have willingly. It might be a cupcake or their time--either way, they're happy to share.
  15. gregarious
    temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others
    Gregarious people are fun to be around and they like being around other people. They are the "life of the party."
  16. impartial
    free from undue bias or preconceived opinions
    Impartial people are fair. They are able to remain neutral before forming an opinion. Lawyers like to have impartial people on juries so that they can fairly weight the evidence.
  17. intuitive
    obtained through instinctive knowledge
    An intuitive person operates by instinct. They sort of have a special feel for a situation. The best basketball players are intuitive when it comes to finding the open teammate.

    A lot of teaching is intuitive--the best teachers just know how to present things so that kids understand. (Related words: intuition and intuitively).
  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.
    Inventive people are able to find creative, ingenious solutions to problems. They might be able to repair a car with a paper clip.

    One of my favorite quotes is by Benjamin Franklin: "Necessity is the mother of invention." In other words, when there is a strong need, an invention to fill that need usually occurs.
  19. passionate
    having or expressing strong emotions
    Passionate people have a real love for something in their life. They embrace this or many activities with a strong feeling. What are you passionate about?
  20. persistent
    stubbornly unyielding
    Persistent people never give up. Even when the odds are stacked against them, the work tirelessly until the goal is achieved.
  21. philosophical
    meeting trouble with level-headed detachment
    People who are philosophical often wonder, "In the grand scheme of things, is it worth it?" Philosophical people tend to look at the larger picture of life and stay above trivial situations.

    When teaching it is important to remain philosophical about a student's success. A teacher has a large part to play in a student's success, but ultimately I cannot "make" him learn. Actually learning something is up to him.
  22. practical
    guided by experience and observation rather than theory
    People who are practical look at things is a reasonable, level-headed way. They are likely to take a coat with them in case it is cold--they know they can take it off if it is too hot--they're just practical.
  23. rational
    having its source in or being guided by the intellect
    Rational people are practical. They make rational decisions based on their logical reasoning about a situation. They don't base decisions on emotions.
  24. reliable
    worthy of trust
    Someone who is reliable is trust worthy and dependable. You can "count on" a reliable person.
  25. resourceful
    adroit or imaginative
    A resourceful person uses creativity and the things around them to tackle a problem. They see solutions (sometimes obvious ones) that others don't see.
  26. sensible
    able to feel or perceive
    A sensible person is a clear thinking, reasonable person.
  27. sincere
    open and genuine; not deceitful
    A sincere person is honest in their feelings toward others. (Antonym: insincerely).
  28. sympathetic
    expressing compassion or friendly fellow feelings
    You are sympathetic when you feel sorry for someone else. You send a sympathy card when a friend loses a loved one because you want her to know that you feel sorry for her loss.

    Their loss upsets you because you are sympathetic.
  29. unassuming
    not arrogant
    An unassuming person is awesome but does not go around bragging about it. In fact, she might not even know that she's so awesome. A girl might be a great artist, but is unassuming about her skill.
  30. witty
    combining clever conception and facetious expression
    Someone who is witty combines humor with intelligence. A witty observation is funny but also sophisticated. You need to be smart to understand a witty person's jokes.

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