affable

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj affable diffusing warmth and friendliness "an affable smile","an amiable gathering","cordial relations","a cordial greeting","a genial host"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Affable Easy to be spoken to or addressed; receiving others kindly and conversing with them in a free and friendly manner; courteous; sociable. "An affable and courteous gentleman.""His manners polite and affable ."
    • Affable Gracious; mild; benign. "A serene and affable countenance."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • affable 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.
    • affable Expressing or betokening affability; mild; benign: as, an affable countenance.
    • affable Synonyms Courteous, civil, complaisant, accessible, mild, benign, condescending, communicative, familiar, easy, gracious, conversable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Affable af′fa-bl condescending: easy to be spoken to (used with to)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. affable, L. affabilis, fr. affari, to speak to; ad, + fari, to speak. See Fable
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. affabilisaffāri, to speak to—ad, to, and fāri, to speak.

Usage

In literature:

Can you imagine Queen Guinever's lady's-maid's lady's maid being affable to Sir Lancelot?
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
His haughtiness to the great was not incompatible with frank affability to the lowly.
"The Last Of The Barons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Affable and winning, he was never familiar.
"Endymion" by Benjamin Disraeli
As our young noblemen will, they accepted their popularity very affably.
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Dawson talked with Caesar very affably, and Mlle.
"Cæsar or Nothing" by Pío Baroja Baroja
And quite a quarter of an hour went by before he returned with his eager, affable air.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
I had never met a man of such force and dignity who was so modestly affable.
"The Cavalier" by George Washington Cable
Their speeches became one concerted effusion of affability that was music to his ears.
"The Spenders" by Harry Leon Wilson
He became affable with elevator-men and policemen.
"The Wolf's Long Howl" by Stanley Waterloo
No longer is he affable and courteous, but silent, reserved, and sullen.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume IX" by John Lord
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In poetry:

'Sdeath! Has the caitiff not the sense
To be polite and affable
Like others, whose meek diffidence,
At times, was even laughable?
"The Dictator" by C J Dennis
Be thy demeanour of the Christian sort,
Be it obliging, affable, and right,
In ev'ry place to which thou may'st resort,
As is becoming in a child of light.
"Advice, To Have One's Conversation and Demeanour Always According To The Rules Of The Gospel" by Rees Prichard
The mistress of the house is very kind,
A more affable woman would be herd to find;
And to visitors she is very good,
And well versed in history, be it understood.
"The Fair Maid of Perth's House" by William Topaz McGonagall
He had the gift of laughing at himself.
Most affably he talked and walked with God.
And now the silly bastard’s on the shelf,
We’ve buried him beneath another sod.
"Elegy" by Aleister Crowley
Like Moses, sweetness of behaviour shew,
Like him, be meek, and harmless as a child,
Faithful, submissive, affable, and true,
Brave, without rashness, without softness, mild.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
No sting of pain can e'er atone,
No purging fire was ever known
For cleansing of a heart defiled
By falsehood; though it may be styled
In diction, affability,
It poisons like the upas tree.
"Lies" by Jared Barhite

In news:

China's leader brings a new affability to the job.
China's new leader Xi, an elite with a touch of the common man, brings affability to the job.
Mike Huckabee is an affable guy.
Sometimes he must think that, because he's so affable , he's entitled to say rude and outrageous things.
All while being affable , of course.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona is Allen's strongest film in years, his most affable and least haunted.
Here, Kip Garre shares a goodbye with the affable Ascharf, expedition sirdar of the Gasherbrun II ski mission, in Askole, Pakistan, last spring.
Bill Norrie, a man of endless affability and sunny ways, could laugh at himself and his jokes tended to run to the corny.
Intended for the general reader, Ike 's Bluff shows us a president who, affable and fatherly on the surface, was often in turmoil over the threat of nuclear war.
It's typical for two affable Jehovah 's Witnesses in oversized business suits to make the neighborhood rounds, knocking on doors.
There was an affable looseness to the proceedings last night at Danger Danger Gallery.
Affable McNeill addresses defensive issues as ECU prepares for Virginia Tech.
NEW ORLEANS — When the Saints' unlikely run to the brink of the Super Bowl ended last season, the normally affable Fred Thomas sat by his locker on the verge of tears, refusing to speak.
During a gallery talk last Friday to coincide with the opening of his solo exhibition at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago artist was affable and wore his emotions on his sleeve.
The tech gal extraordinaire was previously the affable public face of Google at groupthink events around the world.
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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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