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presentable Line breaks: pre¦sent|able
Pronunciation: /prɪˈzɛntəb(ə)l/

Definition of presentable in English:


Clean, smart, or decent enough to be seen in public: I did my best to make myself look presentable
More example sentences
  • Unfortunately I can't take my dog to parties, so I need to find a nice, presentable, decent sort of man.
  • My son wore black shoes, not his trainers, and a black shirt, but this was not presentable enough, apparently.
  • Almost an hour passed before Wendy felt presentable enough to leave the ladies' room.
tidy, neat, fit to be seen, orderly, straight, clean, spick and span, in good order, shipshape (and Bristol fashion), in apple-pie order
smartly dressed, tidily dressed, smart, tidy, of smart appearance, well groomed, dapper, elegant, trim, spruce
informal natty



Pronunciation: /prɪzɛntəˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • But maintaining the ‘presentability ‘of some of the veterans is proving tough.
  • Marc Klaas said the difference could be attributed to the family's ‘presentability.’
  • My presentability is bad, but she is something else.


Pronunciation: /prɪˈzɛntəbli/
Example sentences
  • You show up on time, you're presentably dressed and clean shaven, and you dare to admit that you have no interest in money because you're already comfortably off, thanks very much.
  • What did not escape the mind was that the people of Kofifi dressed presentably.
  • I want to dress more presentably.

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