What does affable mean?

affable meaning in General Dictionary

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

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  • 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.

affable meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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.


affable meaning in General Dictionary

(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.

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  • (a.) Gracious; moderate; harmless.

Sentence Examples with the word affable

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.

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