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Affabi'lity. n.s. [affabilité, Fr. affabilitas, Lat.] See Affable.

The quality of being affable; easiness of manners; courteousness; civility; condescension. It is commonly used of superiors.

        Hearing of her beauty and her wit,
Her affability and bashful modesty,
Her wond'rous qualities, and mild behaviour.
Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew.

He was of a most flowing courtesy and affability to all men, and so desirous to oblige them, that he did not enough consider the value of the obligation, or the merit of the person. Clarend.

All instances of charity, sweetness of conversation, affability, admonition, all significations of tenderness, care and watchfulness, must be expressed towards children. Taylor.

It is impossible for a publick minister to be so open and easy to all his old friends, as he was in his private condition; but this may be helped out by an affability of address. L'Estrange.

Sources: Clarendon, Edward (73) · L'Estrange, Roger (131) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71) · Taylor, Jeremy (57)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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