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  1. that may be presented.
  2. suitable or socially acceptable in appearance, dress, manners, etc., as for being introduced into society: a presentable young man.
  3. of sufficiently good, clothed, or clean appearance; fit to be seen: Are you presentable now?
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Origin of presentable

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at present2, -able
Related formspre·sent·a·bil·i·ty, pre·sent·a·ble·ness, nounpre·sent·a·bly, adverbnon·pre·sent·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·pre·sent·a·ble, adjectivenon·pre·sent·a·ble·ness, nounnon·pre·sent·a·bly, adverbun·pre·sent·a·ble, adjectiveun·pre·sent·a·ble·ness, nounun·pre·sent·a·bly, adverb


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Examples from the Web for presentability

Historical Examples

  • A sudden doubt had just assailed me as to my presentability.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 152, June 20, 1917


  • Her ladyship softened down Miss Tyrawley's groom to presentability.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan

  • From this observed fact we drew conclusions unfavourable to the general appearance and presentability of the Mytilenian ladies.

British Dictionary definitions for presentability


  1. fit to be presented or introduced to other people
  2. fit to be displayed or offered
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Derived Formspresentableness or presentability, nounpresentably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for presentability



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.

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