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affable

[ af-uh-buhl ]
/ ˈæf ə bəl /
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adjective

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.

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Origin of affable

First recorded in 1530–40; from Latin affābilis “that can be spoken to, courteous,” equivalent to af- af- + fā- “speak” (see fate) + -bilis -ble, perhaps via Middle French

synonym study for affable

1. See civil.

OTHER WORDS FROM affable

af·fa·bil·i·ty [af-uh-bil-i-tee], /ˌæf əˈbɪl ɪ ti/, af·fa·ble·ness, nounaf·fa·bly, adverbun·af·fa·ble, adjectiveun·af·fa·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for affable

affable
/ (ˈæfəbəl) /

adjective

showing warmth and friendliness; kindly; mild; benign
easy to converse with; approachable; amicable

Derived forms of affable

affability, nounaffably, adverb

Word Origin for affable

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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