Agreeable vs Personable - What's the difference?

agreeable | personable |

As adjectives the difference between agreeable and personable

is that agreeable is pleasing, either to the mind or senses; pleasant; grateful while personable is (of a person) having a pleasing appearance or manner; attractive; handsome; friendly; amiable.

As a noun agreeable

is something pleasing; anything that is agreeable.



(Webster 1913)


(en adjective)
  • Pleasing, either to the mind or senses; pleasant; grateful.
  • agreeable manners
    agreeable remarks
    an agreeable person
    fruit agreeable to the taste
  • * (rfdate) (Oliver Goldsmith):
  • A train of agreeable reveries.
  • (colloquial) Willing; ready to agree or consent.
  • * (rfdate) (Hugh Latimer):
  • These Frenchmen give unto the said captain of Calais a great sum of money, so that he will be but content and agreeable that they may enter into the said town.
  • Agreeing or suitable; conformable; correspondent; concordant; adapted; .
  • * (rfdate) (w, Roger L'Estrange):
  • That which is agreeable to the nature of one thing, is many times contrary to the nature of another.
  • In pursuance, conformity, or accordance; (used adverbially)
  • Agreeable to the order of the day, the House took up the report.




    (en noun)
  • Something pleasing; anything that is agreeable.
  • * 1855 , Blackwood's magazine (volume 77, page 331)
  • The disagreeables of travelling are necessary evils, to be encountered for the sake of the agreeables of resting and looking round you.



    Alternative forms

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    (en adjective)
  • (of a person) Having a pleasing appearance or manner; attractive; handsome; friendly; amiable.
  • * Spenser
  • Wise, warlike, personable , courteous, and kind.
  • * 1822 , , The Fortunes of Nigel , ch. 19:
  • I admit him a personable man, for I have seen him; and I will suppose him courteous and agreeable.
  • * 1908 , , A Room With a View , ch. 12:
  • Barefoot, bare-chested, radiant and personable against the shadowy woods, he called: "Hullo, Miss Honeychurch! Hullo!"
  • * 1919 , . The Sun Of Quebec , ch. 5:
  • I'm bound to admit that you're a personable young rascal, with the best manners I've met in a long time.
  • * 2009 , Randy James, " 2-Min. Bio: Stephanie Birkitt: Letterman's Lover?," Time , 5 Oct.:
  • Aside from being incredibly funny and personable he is generous, kind and is great fun to play catch with.
  • (legal) Enabled to maintain pleas in court.
  • (Cowell)
  • Having capacity to take anything granted.