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2 showing a natural kindness and courtesy especially in social situations
  • a cordial hostess who makes sure everyone is comfortable

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gracious, cordial, affable, genial, sociable mean markedly pleasant and easy in social intercourse. gracious implies courtesy and kindly consideration. the gracious award winner thanked her colleagues cordial stresses warmth and heartiness. our host was cordial as he greeted us affable implies easy approachability and readiness to respond pleasantly to conversation or requests or proposals. though wealthy, she was affable to all genial stresses cheerfulness and even joviality. a genial companion with a ready quip sociable suggests a genuine liking for the companionship of others. sociable people who enjoy entertaining

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The first known use of cordial was in the 14th century

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24 Feb 2020

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“Cordial.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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