V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: having a nice, polite, and pleasant appearance and personality

Synonyms: attractive, friendly, charming, easygoing, likeable, sociable

Antonyms: unattractive, unfriendly, unpleasant

Tips: Think of the related words person and personality. Persons who are personable are easy to be around because they have good personalities. This is a good way to compliment someone who has good "people skills." (See also: charisma). Personable is synonymous with affable and amiable. Use personable to describe someone who has a pleasant appearance as well as a pleasant personality. The difference between personable and affable and amiable, is that personable refers to a person's appearance in addition to personality and character. Use amiable and affable to describe someone who is nice to be around because they are very friendly and easy to get along with. Use personable to describe someone with an attractive appearance and personality. You can use personable and amiable or affable together to be extra descriptive and complimentary of someone: "Everyone invites him to parties because of his amiable (friendly) personality and personable (attractive) demeanor."

Usage Examples:

He didn't mind working late with Judy because she was so personable and easygoing. (friendly, likeable)

Many people liked the politician's personable style and down-home wit. (charming, attractive)

The once-full class was nearly empty by midterms, partly because the professor wasn't very personable. (likeable)

It is often said that people who are more personable have an easier time finding a good job. (likeable, sociable, attractive)

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