- 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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Her affability and grace rendered her dear to all who came near her.
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With an affability that was as unusual as it was suspicious, Dunwoodie smiled at him.The Paliser case
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- 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 affability
late 15c., from Old French affabilité (14c.), noun of quality from affable (see affable).
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