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Of a person: easy to be acquainted with; disposed to friendship; affable, amiable; (also) capable of being made an acquaintance. Occasionally †(of a thing): able to be known or proved (obsolete).
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340–1400), poet and administrator. From acquaint + -able, originally after Middle French acointable, accointable (of a person) easy to be acquainted with, affable, amiable. In later (20th-cent.) use apparently independently re-formed, although the word is found in dictionaries in the 19th cent.
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