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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?

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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Contemporary Examples of presentable

  • We as women always want to look nice and presentable, but there is a balance there.

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Historical Examples of presentable

British Dictionary definitions for presentable


  1. fit to be presented or introduced to other people
  2. 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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