pleasantly easy to approach and to talk to; friendly; cordial; warmly polite: an affable and courteous gentleman.
showing warmth and friendliness; benign; pleasant: an affable smile.

1530–40; < Latin affābilis that can be spoken to, courteous, equivalent to af- af- + fā- speak (see fate) + -bilis -ble, perhaps via Middle French

affability, affableness, noun
affably, adverb
unaffable, adjective
unaffableness, noun
unaffably, adverb

1. See civil. Unabridged
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affable (ˈæfəbəl)
1.  showing warmth and friendliness; kindly; mild; benign
2.  easy to converse with; approachable; amicable
[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 & History

late 15c., from O.Fr., from L. affabilis "kind, friendly," lit. "he who can be (easily) spoken to," from affari "to speak to," from ad- "to" + fari "to speak" (see fame).

late 15c., from Fr. affabilité (14c.), noun of action from affable (see affable).
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Example sentences
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.
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