from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Easy and pleasant to speak to; approachable.
  • adj. Gentle and gracious: an affable smile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Receiving others kindly and conversing with them in a free and friendly manner; friendly, courteous, sociable.
  • adj. Mild; benign.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Easy of conversation or approach; admitting others to intercourse without reserve; courteous; complaisant; of easy manners; kind or benevolent in manner: now usually applied to those high-placed or in authority: as, an affable prince.
  • Expressing or betokening affability; mild; benign: as, an affable countenance.
  • Synonyms Courteous, civil, complaisant, accessible, mild, benign, condescending, communicative, familiar, easy, gracious, conversable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. diffusing warmth and friendliness


Middle English affabil, from Old French affable, from Latin affābilis, from affārī, to speak to : ad-, ad- + fārī, to speak; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French affable, Latin affābilis, from affor ("I address"), from ad + for ("speak, talk"). See fable. (Wiktionary)



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