ap·​peal·​ing | \ ə-ˈpē-liŋ How to pronounce appealing (audio) \

Definition of appealing

1 : having appeal : pleasing an appealing design
2 : marked by earnest entreaty : imploring the appealing look of an injured dog

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Other Words from appealing

appealingly \ ə-​ˈpē-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce appealing (audio) \ 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 But the William Morris Agency was the most appealing prospect. Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, "Ari Emanuel Takes on the World," 19 Apr. 2021 Androids or robots with human-like features are often more appealing to people than those that resemble machines—but only up to a point. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, "Virtual Humans Outperform Real People Teaching Career Leadership Skills, Study Finds," 19 Apr. 2021 This year's Kusama bonanza of shows is taking place in a very different world, where exhibition crowds and confined interactive installations are no longer so appealing: will audiences still go dotty for Kusama in 2021? Gabriella Angeleti, CNN, "Yayoi Kusama shows usually draw millions of visitors, but will pandemic-related restrictions limit appeal and numbers?," 15 Apr. 2021 Elba is the largest and most populous, but the others are more appealing. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, "How This Unassuming Tuscan Town Became the Epicenter of the Superyacht World," 11 Apr. 2021 Alex DeMarban of the Anchorage Daily News breaks down why Alaska may be even more appealing for domestic travelers this summer. Los Angeles Times, "Fast forward to summer with these beachy adventures," 1 Apr. 2021 As with corporate debt, this is entirely justified and sustainable so long as rates stay low, because future earnings are now more appealing. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "This Bull Market Has a Troubling Reliance on Speculation," 25 Mar. 2021 Spending time on hobbies or fascinating side interests may be more appealing now. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for March 25, 2021: Happy birthday Sarah Jessica Parker; Virgo, attend to priorities," 25 Mar. 2021 Some White House officials believe the focus of the first package may be more appealing to Republicans, business leaders and many moderate Senate Democrats, given the longstanding bipartisan push in Washington for an infrastructure bill. Jim Tankersley, New York Times, "Biden Team Prepares $3 Trillion in New Spending for the Economy," 22 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of appealing

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for appealing

from present participle of appeal entry 2

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The first known use of appealing was in 1749

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28 Apr 2021

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“Appealing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of appealing

: having qualities that people like : pleasing or attractive

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