Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Pleasing in personality or appearance; attractive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a pleasing appearance or manner; attractive; handsome; friendly; amiable.
  • adj. Enabled to maintain pleas in court.
  • adj. Having capacity to take anything granted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a well-formed body, or person; graceful; comely; of good appearance; presentable.
  • adj.
  • adj. Enabled to maintain pleas in court.
  • adj. Having capacity to take anything granted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a well-formed body or person; of good appearance; comely; presentable.
  • In law: Qualified to maintain pleas in court.
  • Competent to take anything granted or given.
  • Personally visible; able to be interviewed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of persons) pleasant in appearance and personality

Etymologies

From Middle English personable, personabil, equivalent to person +‎ -able. Compare Medieval Latin personabilis ("personal"), found in a late 13th century British source. The Middle French personable ("remarkable, important"), doesn't appear until 1528. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The doc's also very personable, which is a plus for anyone, but especially for Dad, who thrives on social contact.

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  • Early reports paint a picture of Joe Stack as a normal guy, described as personable and calm by those who knew him, whose burning anger at the government was present just below the surface.

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  • The teachers also get a chance to be much more personable, which is extremely beneficial for the academics.

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  • Police dubbed the personable Paddy's crew the Stopwatch Gang, because they never took more than 90 seconds to pull a heist.

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  • Inside Lantz Arena, a large screen featured a smiling picture of Moore, described as a personable, high-energy woman with a zest for life.

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  • Detroit manager Jim Leyland called the personable Granderson "the total package."

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  • Zduriencik is known as a personable man and an overall nice guy, but that doesn't make him incapable of tough decisions.

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  • I think the staff there are very personable which is the main reason why I selected them to help tell my story and I'm looking forward to the finished product.

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  • HOLMES: But he's just that kind of personable, outgoing guy.

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  • Bosco described Drew Peterson as "personable" and a "man of few words."

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