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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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  • Seated in state, on a sort of daïs in the centre of the room, was a courteous and urbane personage of affable exterior.

    She and I, Volume 2 John Conroy Hutcheson
  • His manner is affable and unassuming, and his disposition kindly.

  • The station-master was affable enough, gave him some bread and meat and a glass of milk, and refused any payment.

    The Late Tenant Louis Tracy
  • Lady Carey was affable and gracious, also very important and busy.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I was prepared for all this, and was most affable to the tormentor of a traveller's patience.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
British Dictionary definitions for affable

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 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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