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personable

[pur-suh-nuh-buh l] /ˈpɜr sə nə bəl/
adjective
1.
of pleasing personal appearance; handsome or comely; attractive.
2.
having an agreeable or pleasing personality; affable; amiable; sociable.
Origin of personable
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at person, -able
Related forms
personableness, noun
personably, adverb
quasi-personable, adjective
quasi-personably, adverb
unpersonable, adjective
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Examples from the Web for personable
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  • He seems to me quite a personable young man, and he may be useful!

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • A tall, personable gentleman he is, something stiff and stately.

    Robin Tremayne Emily Sarah Holt
  • "And yet you are a personable man enough," she said rather thoughtfully.

    The Lost Continent C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
  • He was not of the common, straight-featured, personable type.

  • Big, lovable, personable auntie, could the pity of it be that she was always submitting?

    Selina George Madden Martin
British Dictionary definitions for personable

personable

/ˈpɜːsənəbəl/
adjective
1.
pleasant in appearance and personality
Derived Forms
personableness, noun
personably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for personable
adj.

"pleasing in one's person," early 15c., from person + -able, or else from Middle French personable. Related: Personably.

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