[ af-uh-buhl ]
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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

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

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1. See civil.

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Other words from affable

  • af·fa·bil·i·ty [af-uh-bil-i-tee], /ˌæf əˈbɪl ɪ ti/, af·fa·ble·ness, noun
  • af·fa·bly, adverb
  • un·af·fa·ble, adjective
  • un·af·fa·bly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for affable


/ (ˈæfəbəl) /

  1. showing warmth and friendliness; kindly; mild; benign

  2. easy to converse with; approachable; amicable

Origin of affable

C16: from Latin affābilis easy to talk to, from affārī to talk to, from ad- to + fāri to speak; compare fable, fate

Derived forms of affable

  • affability, noun
  • affably, adverb

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