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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Easy and pleasant to speak to; approachable.
  • adjective Gentle and gracious.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective diffusing warmth and friendliness

Etymologies

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

[Middle English affabil, from Old French affable, from Latin affābilis, from affārī, to speak to : ad-, ad- + fārī, to speak; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

French affable, Latin affābilis, from affor ("I address"), from ad + for ("speak, talk"). See fable.

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