- 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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Related Wordsreticent, subdued, tasteful, unobtrusive, mild, discreet, reasonable, laid-back, muted, controlled, retiring, plain, steady, moderate, shrinking, withdrawn, cool, chilled, reserved, humble
Examples from the Web for unaffable
Southey disliked in Wordsworth the air of dogmatism, and the unaffable haughtiness of his manner.The Collected Writing of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. II
Thomas De Quincey
- 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 unaffable
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