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Pandit affects a down-to-earth demeanor.

What does affect mean in this sentence?

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Affect in this sense means to "use, wear, or assume (something) pretentiously or so as to make an impression oin others: an American who had affected a British accent " [Webster's]

In your sentence it means Pandit was pretending to be "just one of the guys."

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    Indeed. Its usage in this sense is pretty rare however (at least in British English).
    – Noldorin
    Jan 23 '11 at 21:14

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