affability

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n affability a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Affability The quality of being affable; readiness to converse; courteousness in receiving others and in conversation; complaisant behavior. "Affability is of a wonderful efficacy or power in procuring love."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n affability The quality of being affable; readiness to converse or be addressed; civility in intercourse; ready condescension; benignity.
    • n affability Synonyms Sociability, approachableness, accessibility, urbanity, complaisance, suavity, comity, amenity, friendliness, openness.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. affabilitas,: cf. F. affabilité,

Usage

In literature:

How finely has he described the Art of making Friends, by an obliging and affable Behaviour?
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
He was a very smooth and affable talker, and had lots of acquaintances.
"Death Valley in '49" by William Lewis Manly
He was a man of genial spirit, affable manners, and commanding eloquence.
"Thirty Years in the Itinerancy" by Wesson Gage Miller
Her dusky skipper exuded perspiration and affability, but he was in a great hurry to get on with his voyage.
"A Master of Fortune" by Cutcliffe Hyne
But now Mr. Buckingham Smith grew affable and neighbourly.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
In Europe the Mendicant friars by their coarseness had disgusted the upper classes; the affable and cultured Jesuit won their hearts.
"A Short History of Monks and Monasteries" by Alfred Wesley Wishart
He blinked and twitched as he looked up at his host with half irritated, half affable affection.
"The Tree of Heaven" by May Sinclair
When the Queen entered the room and I was presented to her she was most gracious and affable.
"The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912" by Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
Deborah was of an affable nature, Tynn a long-attached and valued servant, and she chatted with him familiarly.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
I never met a man with more of the childlike, the affable, and the self-sacrificing qualities than Dr. Ewer had.
"T. De Witt Talmage" by T. De Witt Talmage
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In poetry:

They are very affable in temper and void of pride,
And I hope God will always for them provide;
May He shower His blessings upon them by land and sea,
Because they have always been very kind to me.
"The Ancient Town of Leith" by William Topaz McGonagall
He was beloved by men of high and low degree,
Especially in Forfarshire by his tenantry:
And by many of the inhabitants in and around Dundee,
Because he was affable in temper. and void of all vanity.
"The Death of Lord and Lady Dalhousie" by William Topaz McGonagall
Alas! the people's hearts are now full of sorrow
For the deceased Professor Blackie, of Edinboro';
Because he was a Christian man, affable and kind,
And his equal in charitable actions would be hard to find
"Lines in Praise of Professor Blackie" by William Topaz McGonagall
Industrious, affable, having brain on fire,
Henry perplexed himself; others gave up;
good girls gave in;
geography was hard on friendship, Sire;
marriages lashed & languished, anguished; dearth of group
and what else had been;
"Dream Song 58: Industrious, affable, having brain on fire" by John Berryman
The provost, magistrates, and town council were in the procession that day;
Also Mrs Gilfillan, who cried and sobbed all the way
For her kind husband, that was always affable and gay,
Which she will remember until her dying day.
"The Burial of the Reverend Gilfillan" by William Topaz McGonagall
It's fine to see your cobbers lookin' at you like the know
You're not a man to trifle with; at least, I found it so.
Ben Murray was quite affable, an' once he whispered me
There's a certain somethin' doin', an' he'll see me privately.
"The Vision" by C J Dennis

In news:

It's typical for two affable Jehovah's Witnesses in oversized business suits to make the neighborhood rounds, knocking on doors.
Affable and unflappable , former CIA director will be hard to replace.
Affable and unflappable general will be missed.
The waiters at Vespa are as impassive as the host is affable.
On the series premiere of "Power of 10," Drew Carey was an affable host and clearly a supporter of the contestants.
Affable Barry Alvarez is back coaching the.
OPH council hopefuls offer affable forum.
Until Jurgen Melzer's unlikely comeback at the French Open in June vaulted him into his first major semifinal, the affable Austrian was a journeyman top-50 player who, at 29, seemed to be winding down his career.
For someone who owns and runs one of the most perceptively critical blogs in the IT sphere, John Gruber is mild-mannered and affable in person.
View full size From TBA.org Miguel Gutierrez is affable and messy as he satirizes feminine archetypes.
Affable and well-connected, Mr Worden helped Ms Schmidt navigate the island's complicated social politics.
The affable 58-year-old Saginaw -- affectionately dubbed "The Bag Lady" by friends -- spends countless hours transforming discarded plastic shopping bags into unusual totes, shawls, bonnets, handbags, hats, sandals and rugs.
LONDON (AP) — For years, the affable, white-haired Max Clifford has been the "go to" guy for British celebrities seeking help with public relations fiascos.
F or years, the affable, white-haired Max Clifford has been the "go to" guy for British celebrities seeking help with public relations fiascos.
He has the heart of a pastor, the affability of a high school quarterback and the guts of a heavyweight boxer.
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In science:

We will show that an equivalence relation on a Cantor set arising from a two-dimensional substitution tiling by polygons is affable in the sense of Giordano, Putnam and Skau.
Affability of equivalence relations arising from two-dimensional substitution tilings
An equivalence relation is said to be affable when it is orbit equivalent to an AF equivalence relation ([GPS2]).
Affability of equivalence relations arising from two-dimensional substitution tilings
In a recent paper [GPS3], they also showed that equivalence relations arising from Z2 -actions on Cantor sets are affable under a hypothesis involving the existence of sufficiently many small positive cocycles.
Affability of equivalence relations arising from two-dimensional substitution tilings
We will prove the affability by a similar method to [M], in which any extension of a product of two Cantor minimal Z-systems was shown to be affable.
Affability of equivalence relations arising from two-dimensional substitution tilings
The aim of this paper it to show that Xω is affable.
Affability of equivalence relations arising from two-dimensional substitution tilings
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