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affable

[af-uh-buh l]
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  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

1530–40; < Latin affābilis that can be spoken to, courteous, equivalent to af- af- + fā- speak (see fate) + -bilis -ble, perhaps via Middle French
Related formsaf·fa·bil·i·ty, af·fa·ble·ness, nounaf·fa·bly, adverbun·af·fa·ble, adjectiveun·af·fa·ble·ness, nounun·af·fa·bly, adverb

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1. See civil.
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affable

adjective
  1. showing warmth and friendliness; kindly; mild; benign
  2. easy to converse with; approachable; amicable
Derived Formsaffability, nounaffably, 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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