1. favorable to life and growth
; - Example: "soil sufficiently hospitable for forest growth"- Example: "a hospitable environment"
2. disposed to treat guests and strangers with cordiality and generosity
; - Example: "a good-natured and hospitable man"- Example: "a hospitable act"- Example: "hospitable invitations"
3. having an open mind
; - Example: "hospitable to new ideas"- Example: "open to suggestions"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Hospitable \Hos"pi*ta*ble\, a. [Cf. OF. hospitable, LL.
hospitare to receive as a guest. See Host a landlord.]
1. Receiving and entertaining strangers or guests with
kindness and without reward; kind to strangers and guests;
characterized by hospitality. --Shak.
2. Proceeding from or indicating kindness and generosity to
guests and strangers; as, hospitable rites.
To where you taper cheers the vale
With hospitable ray. --Goldsmith.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: favorable to life and growth; "soil sufficiently
hospitable for forest growth"; "a hospitable environment"
2: disposed to treat guests and strangers with cordiality and
generosity; "a good-natured and hospitable man"; "a
hospitable act"; "hospitable invitations" [ant:
3: having an open mind; "hospitable to new ideas"; "open to
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
92 Moby Thesaurus words for "hospitable":
admissible, admissive, admissory, affable, agreeable, amenable,
amiable, amicable, approachable, ardent, assuring, bighearted,
bounteous, bountiful, cheering, civil, clubbable, clubbish, clubby,
comforting, communicative, companionable, companionate, compatible,
condolatory, condolent, condoling, congenial, consolatory,
consoling, convivial, cooperative, cordial, courteous, encouraging,
fit for society, fond of society, free, freehanded, freehearted,
friendly, generous, genial, giving, gracious, greathearted,
gregarious, handsome, heartening, hearty, imbibitory, ingestive,
intromissive, intromittent, invitatory, inviting, large,
largehearted, lavish, liberal, magnanimous, munificent, neighborly,
of good comfort, open, open-minded, openhanded, openhearted,
princely, profuse, reassuring, receivable, receptible, receptive,
recipient, relieving, sociable, social, social-minded, stintless,
supportive, sympathetic, tolerant, ungrudging, unselfish,
unsparing, unstinted, unstinting, urbane, warm, warmhearted,