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[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.
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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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  • I was prepared for all this, and was most affable to the tormentor of a traveller's patience.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • 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

    Johan Bojer

British Dictionary definitions for affable


  1. showing warmth and friendliness; kindly; mild; benign
  2. easy to converse with; approachable; amicable
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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 affable


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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