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    affable v. amiable v. approachable v. friendly v. cheerful

    I would like to understand the nuances between the words affable, amiable, friendly, and cheerful. Would you please help me understand them.

    Affable:friendly, approachable 1. "He is an affable man, always willing to stop and talk."

    Can we say this as: 2. "He is an amiable man, always willing to stop and talk."
    3. "He is a friendly man, always willing to stop and talk."
    4. "He is a cheeful man, always willing to stop and talk."
    5. "He is an approachable man, always willing to stop and talk."

    Source:Newbury House affable.


    I would like to ask if "2, 3, 4, and 5 have the same sense as 1."

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    #2

    Re: affable v. amiable v. approachable v. friendly v. cheerful

    Why have you added a comma after "always" in 2 and 3?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: affable v. amiable v. approachable v. friendly v. cheerful

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Why have you added a comma after "always" in 2 and 3?

    A typo.

    Thank you.

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    Re: affable v. amiable v. approachable v. friendly v. cheerful

    'Approachable' doesn't necessarily convey the same sense of happiness that 'cheerful' does.

    People can be friendly, affable, and amiable without necessarily being overtly cheerful.
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    Re: affable v. amiable v. approachable v. friendly v. cheerful

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    'Approachable' doesn't necessarily convey the same sense of happiness that 'cheerful' does.

    People can be friendly, affable, and amiable without necessarily being overtly cheerful.
    Then do 1, 2, 3, and 5 have the same sense, but 4 not?

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    Re: affable v. amiable v. approachable v. friendly v. cheerful

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    'Approachable' doesn't necessarily convey the same sense of happiness that 'cheerful' does.

    People can be friendly, affable, and amiable without necessarily being overtly cheerful.
    Amiable:Friendly, cheerful ->Newbury House.

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    Re: affable v. amiable v. approachable v. friendly v. cheerful

    In this definition, Newbury House is not typical of most of the dictionaries here.

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    Re: affable v. amiable v. approachable v. friendly v. cheerful

    I agree with the dictionaries that don't list cheerful​ as a meaning of "amiable".
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