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a. Warm and sincere; friendly: a cordial welcome; very cordial relations.
b. Polite and respectful; formally pleasant: "He shook my hand, but not warmly; he was cordial, but not amiable" (Oliver Sacks).
2. Strongly felt; fervent: a cordial abhorrence of waste.
3. Archaic Invigorating; stimulating. Used especially of a beverage.
1. A liqueur.
2. An invigorating or medicinal drink; a tonic.

[Middle English, of the heart, from Medieval Latin cordiālis, from Latin cor, cord-, heart; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.]

cor·dial′i·ty (-jăl′ĭ-tē, -jē-ăl′-, -dē-ăl′-), cor′dial·ness n.
cor′dial·ly adv.
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Lawrence Joseph Manoharan, Signed Product Cordialness of Arbitrary Supersubdivisions of Graphs, International Journal of Mathematics and Computational Methods in Science and Technology, 2(2012), No.
Silverstein added.British participants displayed notable traits of amicability, and avoidance of conflict, with an emphasis on cordialness. Germany and Spain showed a sense of detachment towards their elders and highly valued honesty.
Venus proves resourceful by getting her lover, Mars, "who with more cordialness did take / Then any of the rest the Goddess part," [24] to speak on her and the Portuguese mariners' behalf.