Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being friendly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The condition or quality of being friendly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition or quality of being friendly; a disposition to favor or befriend; good will.
  • n. Exercise of benevolence or kindness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a friendly disposition
  • n. a feeling of liking for another person; enjoyment in their company

Etymologies

friendly +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But not in America, where friendliness is a prized stereotype.

    Amtrak adventures

  • Near the middle and off to the side, staring up with an expression of friendliness, excitement, and, above all, hope.

    Freefall

  • As time goes on, I get the sense that the move towards audence-friendliness is in large part due to increased modern opportunities to be played for a fool — with the number of scams, hoaxes, and misinformation we run into every day, people are less inclined to give the avant-garde a chance if there's any hint of a con about it.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • I traveled a lot with my kids all over Europe and MX when they were small and while it is very nice that one does gain instant understanding and friendliness from the local population when traveling with children, my kids became a little shy and wary of effusive attention from strangers.

    Page 2

  • His appearance of decency and friendliness is real.

    07/21/2005

  • Gratitude and friendliness is felt for the hospitality in

    William B. Shockley - Banquet Speech

  • This last expression, though zealous in friendliness, had nothing of appropriate partiality; and in losing her hope she resumed her calmness.

    Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth

  • The most ardent capitalist will want a few spaces where she can feel confident that her neighbor’s friendliness is not the opening gambit in a pitch to sell her a T-shirt, even if she was happy to buy the one she’s wearing.

    Market Free

  • Also called a friendliness or caring practice, it involves placing your attention on the heart and then generating a feeling of love, kindness, or well-wishing.

    The Chemistry of Calm

  • And I think his basic approach of what I would call friendliness -- not an apology tour, but a sort of expansive approach of no nation does everything right, we haven't done everything right, but we certainly would like to have progress between us in the future -- I think that's pretty good.

    CNN Transcript Jan 3, 2010

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  • "He had trained himself to present a good impression without wasting time; he knew that he was polite, that he was intelligent and that he had a fine voice; and it was a new experience for him to find his friendliness coming back to himn like a voice in an empty house."
    - Frank O'Connor, 'The Paragon'.

    September 6, 2008