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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
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  • Governor Wilks was a gentleman of high character, personable and courtier-like manners.

  • He was not of the common, straight-featured, personable type.

  • Charles was a personable young man, impressionable and emotional, and not without imagination of his own.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • Big, lovable, personable auntie, could the pity of it be that she was always submitting?

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • A tall, personable gentleman he is, something stiff and stately.

    Robin Tremayne Emily Sarah Holt
British Dictionary definitions for personable


pleasant in appearance and personality
Derived Forms
personableness, noun
personably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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