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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 of affable
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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  • "Perfectly," said Athos, taking leave of him with affability.

    Ten Years Later Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • Tobias Steffick was remarkable for his affability and serenity of temper.

  • Charles the second, by his affability and politeness, made himself the idol of the nation, which he betrayed and sold.

  • Why should only such as he know of those shocks to affability?

    Waiting for Daylight Henry Major Tomlinson
  • Rudolf was highly popular with the peasantry, winning their hearts by his affability, simple habits, and kindly good-nature.

  • He strolled in with a semi-professional air, and shook hands with affability.

    Vice Versa F. Anstey
  • Reflectively, his Grace's good humour and affability had a favourable effect upon Jeanie's situation.

  • His affability, even to those whom he disliked, was unfailing.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • "It's the first Rosa night to-night," he said with august affability.

    The Ghost Arnold Bennett
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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