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AFFABILITY

The virtue of approachableness. It partakes of justice in that a person adjusts to other people, giving each one the respect he or she deserves. But charity also enters into affability, since being friendly to others often requires the practice of selfless love, and not only of justice. (Etym. Latin affabilitas, affability, friendliness, kindness, courtesy.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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