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[pri-zen-tuh-buh l] /prɪˈzɛn tə bəl/
that may be presented.
suitable or socially acceptable in appearance, dress, manners, etc., as for being introduced into society:
a presentable young man.
of sufficiently good, clothed, or clean appearance; fit to be seen:
Are you presentable now?
Origin of presentable
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at present2, -able
Related forms
presentability, presentableness, noun
presentably, adverb
nonpresentability, noun
nonpresentable, adjective
nonpresentableness, noun
nonpresentably, adverb
unpresentable, adjective
unpresentableness, noun
unpresentably, adverb
2. becoming, proper, acceptable. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Mrs. Courtney glanced in a large mirror to assure herself that her hat was presentable, then followed her escort.

    Polly's Business Venture Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • She had still much to do, ere she could be presentable for college.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Besides this preliminary outlay, he must be prepared to keep himself for some years, and to hire a presentable carriage and horse.

    Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • It should be as fanciful as possible, so as just to be presentable in Society.

  • The garnishing makes it a presentable dish, and is a good accompaniment in place of other vegetables.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • In other respects he was presentable, and his flannels very clean.

  • Florence was not long in making herself neat and presentable, but the flushed face still troubled her.

    The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Dodo took her in hand as soon as she arrived, and made her presentable.

    Dodo, Volumes 1 and 2 Edward Frederic Benson
  • Having been assured that it was in a presentable condition, Jim walked boldly up to the door and knocked.

    Sevenoaks J. G. Holland
British Dictionary definitions for presentable


fit to be presented or introduced to other people
fit to be displayed or offered
Derived Forms
presentableness, presentability, noun
presentably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for presentable

mid-15c., of a benefice; also, in law, "liable to formal charge of wrongdoing," from present (v.) + -able. Meaning "suitable in appearance" is from 1800. Related: Presentably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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