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A'ffable. adj. [affable, Fr. affabilis, Lat.]

  1. Easy of manners; accostable; courteous; complaisant. It is used of superiours.

    He was affable, and both well and fair spoken, and would use strange sweetness and blandishment of words, where he desired to affect or persuade any thing that he took to heart. Bacon.

            Her father is Baptista Minola,
    An affable and courteous gentleman.
    Shakesp. Tam. Shrew.

    Gentle to me, and affable hath been
    Thy condescension, and shall be honour'd ever
    With grateful memory.
    Milton's Paradise Lost, b. viii.

  2. It is applied to the external appearance; benign; mild; favourable.

    Augustus appeared, looking round him with a serene and affable countenance upon all the writers of his age. Tatler.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Milton, John (449) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71) · Tatler (23)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · French (385) · Latin (690)

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