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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.
Origin of personable
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see person, -able
Related forms
personableness, noun
personably, adverb
quasi-personable, adjective
quasi-personably, adverb
unpersonable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for personable
  • They should also be friendly and personable, not confrontational or defensive.
  • There's a fine line to cross between being personable and completely creeping out a student.
  • They expect a partisan ideologue and discover a personable intellectual.
  • And no, it doesn't mean your doctor will be extra kind or personable.
  • These pages strike a good balance between professional and personable.
  • Alex was a resourceful, respected and personable businessman and friend.
  • His personable manner and good humour won him these distinctions.
  • To his superiors, such peculiarities were carefully hidden behind an eager, personable manner.
  • personable and gregarious, he enjoyed a wide range of friends and colleagues.
  • As a secretary, it is imperative that she be personable.
British Dictionary definitions for personable


pleasant in appearance and personality
Derived Forms
personableness, noun
personably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for personable

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

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