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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.

Nearby words

person-to-person, person-year, persona, persona grata, persona non grata, personable, personae, personage, personal, personal care, personal column

Origin of personable

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at person, -able
Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for unpersonable


/ (ˈpɜːsənəbəl) /


pleasant in appearance and personality
Derived Formspersonableness, nounpersonably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unpersonable



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

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