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[pur-suh-nuh-buh l] /ˈpɜr sə nə bəl/
of pleasing personal appearance; handsome or comely; attractive.
having an agreeable or pleasing personality; affable; amiable; sociable.
Origin of personable
late Middle English
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 Unabridged
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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


pleasant in appearance and personality
Derived Forms
personableness, noun
personably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for personable

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

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