- 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.
Origin of affable
1. See civil.
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Examples from the Web for affable
She plays Lolly, an affable inmate who listens to Piper recount her gruesome bashing of Pennsatucky, whom she believes she killed.Lori Petty on ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ the Halcyon ‘90s, and Discovering Jennifer Lawrence
June 8, 2014
He had to prove that Fallon's reign isn't a fluke, that late night really can be a home for the affable and good-natured.Seth Meyers Gets Off to a Rocky Start on 'Late Night'
February 25, 2014
Make no mistake: De Blasio is a talented politician, an affable, engaging, intelligent man with a beautiful bi-racial family.A Tale of Two Bills: Clinton vs. De Blasio
January 5, 2014
A mild and affable lawyer, Sloan also knew his way around Capitol Hill.Congress Cooperates, Obama Pushes Hard, and Closing Gitmo Has a Chance
December 12, 2013
Since then, he has spent most of his time in the affable fog of extreme old age, almost entirely shielded from public view.Mandela: The Last Good Man
December 5, 2013
I was prepared for all this, and was most affable to the tormentor of a traveller's patience.My Double Life
His manners are affable and genial, his disposition frank and generous.
His manner is affable and unassuming, and his disposition kindly.
Lady Carey was affable and gracious, also very important and busy.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
He was an affable gentleman, and soon set them all at their ease.The Great Hunger
- showing warmth and friendliness; kindly; mild; benign
- 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 and History for affable
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