[ pri-zen-tuh-buhl ]
/ 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?

Nearby words

  1. present participle,
  2. present perfect,
  3. present progressive,
  4. present value,
  5. present-day,
  6. presentation,
  7. presentational,
  8. presentationalism,
  9. presentationism,
  10. presentative

Origin of presentable

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at present2, -able

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British Dictionary definitions for presentable


/ (prɪˈzɛntəbəl) /


fit to be presented or introduced to other people
fit to be displayed or offered
Derived Formspresentableness or presentability, nounpresentably, adverb

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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.

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