ap·​peal·​ing ə-ˈpē-liŋ How to pronounce appealing (audio)
: having appeal : pleasing
an appealing design
: marked by earnest entreaty : imploring
the appealing look of an injured dog
appealingly adverb

Examples of appealing in a Sentence

a book with an appealing title the idea of living on Mars is appealing to space enthusiasts
Recent Examples on the Web For humans, at least, the prospect isn’t very appealing. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Nov. 2023 Most appealing were Musk’s comments about the why behind his products and services. John Tamny, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 There’s a simple reason menthol cigarettes are so appealing: their mint flavor, said Sven-Eric Jordt, an associate professor of anesthesiology, pharmacology and cancer biology at the Duke University School of Medicine. Claretta Bellamy, NBC News, 25 Nov. 2023 Miami is the team of Messi, the global superstar, and a chance to see him is a lot more appealing than a random game against, say, Toronto F.C. Victor Mather, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2023 To what must be Musk’s chagrin, one of his biggest rivals has succeeded in making an appealing X alternative. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2023 The destination has the travel world buzzing with dreams of white sand beaches, clear water, and warm weather — which are even more appealing as Americans hunker down and prepare for winter. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2023 Damaged fruit is less appealing to the local businesses, farmer’s markets and visitors that buy EARTHseed’s produce. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 This new period of higher interest rates is likely to make bonds—and the classic 60-40 portfolio—more appealing moving forward. Will Daniel, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


from present participle of appeal entry 2

First Known Use

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of appealing was in 1749

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“Appealing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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