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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [af-uh-buh l]
    • /ˈæf ə bəl/
    • /ˈæf.ə.bl̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [af-uh-buh l]
    • /ˈæf ə bəl/

Definitions of affability word

  • adjective affability pleasantly easy to approach and to talk to; friendly; cordial; warmly polite: an affable and courteous gentleman. 1
  • adjective affability showing warmth and friendliness; benign; pleasant: an affable smile. 1
  • noun affability The quality of being affable; geniality. 1
  • noun affability The state or quality of being affable, friendly, or approachable. 0

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Origin of affability

First appearance:

before 1530
One of the 29% oldest English words
1530-40; < Latin affābilis that can be spoken to, courteous, equivalent to af- af- + fā- speak (see fate) + -bilis -ble, perhaps via Middle French

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Parts of speech for Affability


affability popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for affability

noun affability

  • geniality — warmly and pleasantly cheerful; cordial: a genial disposition; a genial host.
  • agreeable — If something is agreeable, it is pleasant and you enjoy it.
  • congeniality — agreeable, suitable, or pleasing in nature or character: congenial surroundings.
  • cordiality — warmth of feeling
  • niceness — pleasing; agreeable; delightful: a nice visit.

Antonyms for affability

noun affability

  • aloofness — the quality or state of being aloof, distant, or reserved; indifference: His girlfriend's recent aloofness may be a sign that the relationship is over.
  • coldness — having a relatively low temperature; having little or no warmth: cold water; a cold day.
  • coolness — moderately cold; neither warm nor cold: a rather cool evening.
  • unfriendly — not amicable; not friendly or kindly in disposition; unsympathetic; aloof: an unfriendly coldness of manner.

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