af·​fa·​bly ˈa-fə-blē How to pronounce affably (audio)
: in a friendly and affable manner
smiling affably
"Let me show you something," he said, affably, coming over and taking out of his pocket a little lithographed card which had been issued by a wholesale tobacco company.Theodore Dreiser
He has a knack for stating his case cogently and affably, making it sound eminently sensible.Daniel Sogg

Examples of affably in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first act, in which the tension’s building, is stronger than the second but this engaging cast from the National Theatre of Scotland ably and affably demonstrates how theater can take you to other worlds without leaving your seat. Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel, 6 Apr. 2023 DeSantis, by contrast, comes across less affably, as a bully interested in power for its own sake. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2023 An adaptation hoping to reclaim its protagonist from the performer who became synonymous with him in the ’80s, Greg Mottola’s Confess, Fletch may surprise moviegoers who only know Irwin Maurice Fletcher as the affably cartoonish sleuth played by Chevy Chase. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Sep. 2022 Everett Collection Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) Sizemore is one heavy among many here, but his chilling pivot from affably shifty to scary makes his screen time as jolting as that of costars Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle. Leah Greenblatt, Randall Colburn,, 4 Mar. 2023 Strict emotional regulation is maintained over these relationships, which include a long affair with a married woman whose husband is affably acquiescent. Tim Parks, The New York Review of Books, 24 June 2020 The author tagged along in the van, watching as O'Connell and his team patiently and affably used the skills of social workers to persuade unhoused people to come in for medical treatment. Erika D. Smithcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2023 There have been a fair number of Satans in Saturday Night Live history, but none so captured the essence as a performer than Jason Sudeikis' affably sinister prince of darkness. Dennis Perkins,, 13 Dec. 2022 One of Woodrow Wilson’s last lucid acts in government was to deny a request for the release of the ailing Eugene Debs, who was finally freed in 1921 by Wilson’s successor, the affably corrupt Warren G. Harding. Joanna Scutts, The New Republic, 18 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1502, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of affably was in 1502

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“Affably.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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