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 Now 80, Neville said embarking on multi-date tours is no longer appealing. Chevel Johnson, Star Tribune, "R&B singer Aaron Neville, 80, retires from touring," 6 May 2021 Now 80, Neville said embarking on multi-date tours is no longer appealing. Chevel Johnson, ajc, "R&B singer Aaron Neville, 80, retires from touring," 6 May 2021 The majority of that number comes from media rights and sponsorship opportunities, which, with a global livestreaming audience of 663 million in 2020, look more appealing to brands than ever. Helena Madden, Robb Report, "Meet the Teenage Gamers Raking in Millions in the High-Stakes World of Esports," 2 May 2021 The pandemic has certainly made irony less appealing. Claudia Dreifus, The New York Review of Books, "‘Comic Terrorism Really Works’: An Interview with John Waters," 29 Apr. 2021 Universal licensing would allow greater employment and industry growth, making the state a more appealing place to live and work, Ebke said. Kimberly James, Washington Examiner, "Universal licensing in Nebraska would allow more skilled laborers to practice," 15 Mar. 2021 This quick fix for an economic calamity is intuitively appealing to politicians and more than a few economists, but ordinary common sense is apt to be mystified. Adam Rowe, WSJ, "Holiday Gift Books 2020: Business," 19 Nov. 2020 If a pile of squash threads with some sauce piled on top doesn’t sound appealing, there are other ways to channel the concept. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "How to appreciate spaghetti squash without always pretending it’s pasta," 19 Oct. 2020 What made Joppa an appealing place for Klansmen bent on torture was its unusual geographic situation: at once isolated but also convenient to central Dallas. Mark Lamster, Dallas Morning News, "More from Reckoning With Joppa," 23 Sep. 2020

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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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10 May 2021

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“Appealing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of appealing

: having qualities that people like : pleasing or attractive

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