[uh-proh-chuh-buh l]

Origin of approachable

First recorded in 1565–75; approach + -able
Related formsap·proach·a·bil·i·ty, ap·proach·a·ble·ness, nounnon·ap·proach·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·ap·proach·a·ble, adjectivenon·ap·proach·a·ble·ness, nounre·ap·proach·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for approachableness

Historical Examples of approachableness

  • Other social assets of this type are amenableness, affability, hospitality and approachableness.

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    Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict

British Dictionary definitions for approachableness


  1. capable of being approached; accessible
  2. (of a person) friendly
Derived Formsapproachability or approachableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for approachableness



1570s, from approach (v.) + -able. Figurative sense, "affable, friendly," is from 1610s. Related: Approachably; approachability.

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