simple to be spoken to or dealt with receiving other people kindly and speaking to them in a totally free and friendly fashion polite sociable
- diffusing heat and friendliness
- very easy to be spoken to or addressed; obtaining others kindly and speaking to all of them in a free of charge and friendly fashion; polite; sociable.
- Gracious; mild; benign.
late 15c., from Old French afable (14c.), from Latin affabilis "approachable, courteous, nice, friendly," literally "who is able to be (effortlessly) talked to," from affari "to talk to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + fari "to speak" (see fame (n.)). Associated: Affably.
(a.) an easy task to be spoken to or addressed; obtaining other individuals kindly and speaking with all of them in a free of charge and friendly manner; courteous; sociable.
- (a.) Gracious; moderate; harmless.
He was affable and easy of approach to all his subjects, with a pleasant address; nor does he seem to have been, like his wife, either cruel or revengeful.