pre·​sent·​able | \ pri-ˈzen-tə-bəl How to pronounce presentable (audio) \

Definition of presentable

1 : capable of being presented
2 : being in condition to be seen or inspected especially by the critical

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Other Words from presentable

presentability \ pri-​ˌzen-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce presentability (audio) \ noun
presentableness \ pri-​ˈzen-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce presentableness (audio) \ noun
presentably \ pri-​ˈzen-​tə-​blē How to pronounce presentably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of presentable in a Sentence

I have to make myself presentable before our guests arrive.

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Here at Vogue, most of us tread somewhere in the middle, aiming for looks that are comfy, casual, and cozy—but still presentable! Madeline Fass, Vogue, "19 Vogue Editors Share Their Ideal Holiday Travel Outfit," 15 Nov. 2018 That means my idea of looking presentable typically involves just a few things: moisturizer, two coats of mascara, and a tinted lip balm. Janell M. Hickman, Marie Claire, "I Thought I Hated Liquid Lipstick—Oh, How Wrong I Was," 21 Nov. 2018 Might as well get him a bunch that are equal parts comfortable and presentable. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "23 Father’s Day Gift Ideas For All the Impossible-to-Shop-For Dads Out There," 5 June 2018 Motivation is afforded by a 310-horsepower edition of GM’s 3.6-liter V-6, which gets the Enclave from 0 to 60 in a very presentable 6.6 seconds, and then takes it on up to 131 mph. Al Haas,, "Redesigned after 10 years, new Buick Enclave is worth the wait," 28 June 2018 The plants were meant to be used to make the Chamber office look more presentable. Jacob Mcadams, Houston Chronicle, "SJC Chamber members’ donations to replace pilfered plants," 12 June 2018 Unfortunately for Tunisia, Sliti also wasted a few presentable openings., "Panama 1-2 Tunisia: Eagles of Carthage Bow Out of World Cup With Impressive Consolation Win," 28 June 2018 The first presentable opportunity didn’t arrive until the 18th minute, when South Korea captain Kim Young-Gwon was forced to make an excellent saving tackle on Granqvist., "Sweden 1-0 South Korea: Dream Start for Swedes as Granqvist Penalty Breaks Koreans' Resistance," 18 June 2018 Two and a half years of renovations to make the place presentable. David Tamarkin, Bon Appetit, "“I Think We Have a Gay Bar”," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of presentable

circa 1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of presentable was circa 1626

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English Language Learners Definition of presentable

: in good enough condition to be seen by someone : not too dirty, messy, etc., to be seen


pre·​sent·​able | \ pri-ˈzen-tə-bəl How to pronounce presentable (audio) \

Kids Definition of presentable

: having a satisfactory or pleasing appearance Make yourself presentable.

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