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 had to discuss some missionary questions. In fact, I never saw any traces of the difficulties which Mr. Terrell reported.

b) Mild; benign.

During more affable weather, the four friends congregate outside, sometimes leaning their hickory chairs against a "catapa" tree...

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