AskDefine | Define affable

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affable adj : diffusing warmth and friendliness; "an affable smile"; "an amiable gathering"; "cordial relations"; "a cordial greeting"; "a genial host" [syn: amiable, cordial, genial]

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affable, affabilis, fr. affari to speak to; ad + fari to speak. See Fable.


IPA: WEAE /ˈæf.ə.bəl/


  1. Easy to be spoken to or addressed; receiving others kindly and conversing with them in a free and friendly manner; courteous; sociable.
  2. Gracious; mild; benign.


easy to be spoken to
gracious; mild; benign

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