Affability



pleasantly easy to approach and to talk to; friendly; cordial; warmly polite:
an affable and courteous gentleman.
showing warmth and friendliness; benign; pleasant:
an affable smile.
Contemporary Examples

They were hustlers, raconteurs, and had an affability about them that suggested they would make excellent dinner companions.
9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Finally on Trial at Guantanamo Terry McDermott May 3, 2012

Historical Examples

“Perfectly,” said Athos, taking leave of him with affability.
Ten Years Later Alexandre Dumas, Pere

Why should only such as he know of those shocks to affability?
Waiting for Daylight Henry Major Tomlinson

Charles the second, by his affability and politeness, made himself the idol of the nation, which he betrayed and sold.
The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 6 Samuel Johnson

He strolled in with a semi-professional air, and shook hands with affability.
Vice Versa F. Anstey

Rudolf was highly popular with the peasantry, winning their hearts by his affability, simple habits, and kindly good-nature.
The Story of Switzerland Lina Hug

His affability, even to those whom he disliked, was unfailing.
The Octopus Frank Norris

Reflectively, his Grace’s good humour and affability had a favourable effect upon Jeanie’s situation.
The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Volume 2, Illustrated Sir Walter Scott

I asked, more puzzled than ever by this display of affability.
A Bid for Fortune Guy Boothby

“It’s the first Rosa night to-night,” he said with august affability.
The Ghost Arnold Bennett

adjective
showing warmth and friendliness; kindly; mild; benign
easy to converse with; approachable; amicable
n.

late 15c., from Old French affabilité (14c.), noun of quality from affable (see affable).
adj.

late 15c., from Old French afable (14c.), from Latin affabilis “approachable, courteous, kind, friendly,” literally “who can be (easily) spoken to,” from affari “to speak to,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + fari “to speak” (see fame (n.)). Related: Affably.

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