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- n. The state or quality of being affable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Affability.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Affability.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)
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Others, on the contrary, take their greatest delight, when they know how, with affableness to please their wives humour, and with plausible words can admonish them what is best and fittest to be done; and rather to extoll those graces which are found in them, than to reprove their deficiencies: According to the instructions of the prudent
He was feeling much happier and some of the vague affableness of his youth returned to him.
The captain received her as graciously as possible, although he knew at the first glance that his entire stock of affableness could not dispel the threatening clouds.
With great affableness expressing a willingness to come twice, if it were desired, Mr. Middleton accompanied the personage, as with an air of brooding mystery, the latter led him down the street twenty feet from where they had first stood.
Frequently indeed he relaxed his features, and assumed a temporary appearance of affableness and familiarity; but they found by experience, that if any one, encouraged by his condescension, forgot the deference which Mr. Tyrrel considered as his due, he was soon taught to repent his presumption.
This isn't a problem in and of itself - unless those who become insiders start to be chosen not solely on account of their competence or contribution, but because of their similarities, shared interests, or affableness to the current set of insiders.
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