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affable

[af-uh-buh l] /ˈæf ə bəl/
adjective
1.
pleasantly easy to approach and to talk to; friendly; cordial; warmly polite:
an affable and courteous gentleman.
2.
showing warmth and friendliness; benign; pleasant:
an affable smile.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin affābilis that can be spoken to, courteous, equivalent to af- af- + fā- speak (see fate) + -bilis -ble, perhaps via Middle French
Related forms
affability, affableness, noun
affably, adverb
unaffable, adjective
unaffableness, noun
unaffably, adverb
Synonyms
1. See civil.
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Examples for affability
  • But he then surprised many during a first encounter with his charm and affability.
  • He has good looks, affability and an endearing tendency not to take himself too seriously.
  • On the outside, you see affability and a good sense of humour.
  • What they strive to project is not so much affability as respect.
  • She's smiling when she says it, a half smile, some grudges mixed in with this late-term affability.
  • Those who watched his career are familiar with his aw-shucks charisma and boyish affability.
  • His affability charmed every one: he seemed to know no pleasure equal to that of serving his neighbour.
British Dictionary definitions for affability

affable

/ˈæfəbəl/
adjective
1.
showing warmth and friendliness; kindly; mild; benign
2.
easy to converse with; approachable; amicable
Derived Forms
affability, noun
affably, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin affābilis easy to talk to, from affārī to talk to, from ad- to + fāri to speak; compare fable, fate
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Word Origin and History for affability
n.

late 15c., from Old French affabilité (14c.), noun of quality from affable (see affable).

affable

adj.

late 15c., from Old French afable (14c.), from Latin affabilis "approachable, courteous, kind, friendly," literally "who can be (easily) spoken to," from affari "to speak to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + fari "to speak" (see fame (n.)). Related: Affably.

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