affable

  • 1 affable — [ afabl ] adj. • 1367; lat. affabilis « à qui on peut parler » ♦ Qui accueille et écoute de bonne grâce ceux qui s adressent à lui. ⇒ accueillant, aimable, bienveillant, gracieux, 1. poli. Le ministre a été très affable avec nous au cours de l… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2 Affable — Af fa*ble, a. [F. affable, L. affabilis, fr. affari to speak to; ad + fari to speak. See {Fable}.] 1. Easy to be spoken to or addressed; receiving others kindly and conversing with them in a free and friendly manner; courteous; sociable. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 affable — AFFABLE. adject. des 2 g. Qui a de l affabilité. C est un homme extrêmement affable. Il est d un caractère doux et affable …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • 4 affable — AFFABLE. adj. de tout genre. Qui écoute & qui parle avec douceur, sans chagrin. Il est courtois & affable, doux & affable. Il se dit proprement de superieur à inferieur, & moins proprement d égal à égal, mais jamais d inferieur à superieur …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 5 affable — [af′ə bəl] adj. [ME affabyl < L affabilis < ad , to + fari, to speak: see FAME] 1. pleasant and easy to approach or talk to; friendly 2. gentle and kindly [an affable smile] SYN. AMIABLE affability [af′əbil ə tē] n. affably adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 affable — index amicable, benevolent, civil (polite), obeisant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 affable — (adj.) late 15c., from O.Fr. afable (14c.), from L. affabilis approachable, courteous, kind, friendly, lit. who can be (easily) spoken to, from affari to speak to, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + fari to speak (see FAME (Cf. fam …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 affable — *gracious, cordial, genial, sociable Analogous words: courteous, polite (see CIVIL): open, candid, *frank: *amiable, obliging, complaisant: *talkative, loquacious: *suave, urbane A …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 affable — [adj] friendly amiable, amicable, approachable, benevolent, benign, breezy, civil, clubby*, congenial, cordial, courteous, genial, gentle, good humored, good natured, gracious, kindly, mild, nice, obliging, pleasant, polite, sociable, urbane,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 affable — Affable, Affabilis …

    Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • 11 affable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ good natured and sociable. DERIVATIVES affability noun affably adverb. ORIGIN Latin affabilis, from ad to + fari speak …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 affable — (a fa bl ) adj. 1°   Qui a de l affabilité. •   On affecte une certaine modestie extérieure ; on est honnête, prévenant, affable, BOURD. Pensées, t. II, p. 106. •   Doux, humbles, patients, affables à tout le monde, et ne cherchant à l égard de… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 13 affable — af•fa•ble [[t]ˈæf ə bəl[/t]] adj. 1) easy to approach and to talk to; friendly: courteous and affable neighbors[/ex] 2) showing warmth and friendliness; pleasant: an affable smile[/ex] • Etymology: 1530–40; (< MF) < L affābilis courteous,… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 14 affable — adjective Etymology: Middle English affabyl, from Anglo French, from Latin affabilis, from affari to speak to, from ad + fari to speak more at ban Date: 15th century 1. being pleasant and at ease in talking to others < an affable host > 2.… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 AFFABLE — adj. des deux genres Qui a de l affabilité. C est un homme extrêmement affable. Il est d un caractère doux et affable. On dit aussi, Des manières affables …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 16 AFFABLE — adj. des deux genres Qui a de l’affabilité. C’est un homme extrêmement affable. Il est d’un caractère doux et affable. On dit aussi Des manières affables …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • 17 affable — affability, affableness, n. affably, adv. /af euh beuhl/, adj. 1. pleasantly easy to approach and to talk to; friendly; cordial; warmly polite: an affable and courteous gentleman. 2. showing warmth and friendliness; benign; pleasant: an affable… …

    Universalium

  • 18 affable — adjective /ˈæf.ə.bəl/ a) Receiving others kindly and conversing with them in a free and friendly manner; friendly, courteous, sociable. Furthermore, I may say, that the Sultan was always most affable to me in my interviews with him, even when I… …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 affable — af|fa|ble [ æfəbl ] adjective friendly, relaxed, and easy to talk to: Beneath his affable manner lies a very tough businessman. an affable smile ╾ af|fa|bil|i|ty [ ,æfə bıləti ] noun uncount ╾ af|fa|bly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 affable — [16] The Latin original of affable, affābilis, meant ‘easy to speak to’. It was formed from the verb āffārī ‘speak to’, which in turn was derived from the prefix ad ‘to’ and fārī ‘speak’ (the source of fable, fame, and fate). It reached English… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins


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