How different are "lovable" and "lovely"?
That's an excellent question. "Lovely" is often used to be synonymous with "pleasant", but it has more of an endearing ring to it. "Lovely" things are things that we love. It can be mild, polite, strong, or even sarcastic, depending on how you say it. "Lovely" is stronger than "pleasant" or "nice"; it is closer to beautiful. "Lovable" on the other hand has a much narrower use. Generally, it is engaging in some way, and draws you in to not help but love it. Such as a person or an animal. Generally, we don't describe objects as being "lovable". But "traits" or characteristics can be. Such as accents, the goofy way he dances, his earnestness etc. Lovable literally means "able to be loved" or "likely to be loved," with the cutesy/endearing/affectionate connotation that others have described. Ex: Your hair is lovely. Ex: Her clothes are lovely and delicate. Ex: The puppy is so cute and lovable. Ex: My sister is so sweet and lovable, I just want to hug her!