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[pri-zen-tuh-buh l] /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?
Origin of presentable
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see present2, -able
Related forms
presentability, presentableness, noun
presentably, adverb
nonpresentability, noun
nonpresentable, adjective
nonpresentableness, noun
nonpresentably, adverb
unpresentable, adjective
unpresentableness, noun
unpresentably, adverb
2. becoming, proper, acceptable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for presentable
  • We are in the middle of a discussion based on presentable facts and evidence.
  • The game's environments, although limited, were more than presentable.
  • Some of the linen-wrapped cats still looked presentable, and a few even had gilded faces.
  • And wear a shirt underneath that is presentable in case it gets beastly hot and you want to unbutton your jacket.
  • If you were single, you generally had to leave your house to get laid, and you generally had to be somewhat presentable.
  • Because of his skin problem writer chose a profession that did not demand being presentable.
  • That's the ideal journalistic clothing: warm, presentable and clean, and easily made informal by discarding the tie.
  • Five out of six contenders are figureheads whose job is to make the election look presentable, observers say.
  • Though your wardrobe doesn't have to be in the first stare of fashion, it does help to look presentable and aware of the culture.
  • The laundry, shower and kitchen facilities are all for public use, but the common areas are clean and presentable.
British Dictionary definitions for presentable


fit to be presented or introduced to other people
fit to be displayed or offered
Derived Forms
presentableness, presentability, noun
presentably, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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