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Friday, October 01, 1999

affable

\AF-uh-buhl\ , adjective;
1.
Easy to speak to; receiving others kindly and conversing with them in a free and friendly manner.
2.
Gracious; benign.
Quotes:
Nonetheless, in view of the fact that Leon stated in the warrant that I was good-looking, cheerful and affable, they exhorted me to make myself appear to be taciturn, melancholy and ugly.
-- Susana Rotker (Editor), The Memoirs of Fray Servando Teresa De Mier
Johnny's father, while strict with his children, usually was affable and relaxed.
-- Paul C. Nagel, John Quincy Adams
There was even more joking than usual Saturday afternoon; he seemed to be in a particularly affable mood.
-- "Presley Treats Fans to His Best", New York Times, July 21, 1975
Origin:
Affable is from Latin affabilis, from affari, "to speak to," from ad-, "to" + fari, "to speak."
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