appealing

adjective
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 \ -​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce appealingly (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

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Yet that’s precisely what makes this doll-size accessory so appealing. Vogue, "Why the Tiny Purse Is Actually the Perfect Festival Style Staple," 5 Apr. 2019 The season’s most appealing styles make a strong case for leaning into more substantial silhouettes. Vogue, "5 Spring Essentials to Stock Up On," 19 Mar. 2019 So, ultimately, things may look more appealing to some. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "NFL's new national anthem policy will hardly silence players protesting social injustice," 23 May 2018 Enter Hobson: doing so makes another proposal, announced by Mr Moscovici on the same day, look more appealing. The Economist, "The EU wants to tax tech giants’ revenues," 22 Mar. 2018 So here's how to raise a family of produce monsters: Make fruits — oranges and apples, for example — look more appealing by placing them in colorful bowls. Jessica Girdwain, Redbook, "What's Your Health Confession?," 15 Feb. 2012 The most important element in buying a colored diamond is ensuring that the color is strong and appealing. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Jennifer Lopez's Pink Diamond Made Her an Engagement Ring Influencer," 23 Mar. 2019 Followers couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give Tim trouble for the dish, which didn’t exactly look appealing. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Eagle-Eyed Fans Call Out Tim Allen for This 'Last Man Standing' Photo," 1 Mar. 2019 In a time when so many of us are increasingly immersed in digital experiences that can be cold and isolating, Living Coral felt like an appealing shade of connection. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "Pantone Just Released Their Color of the Year for 2019," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of appealing

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for appealing

see appeal entry 2

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The first known use of appealing was in 1749

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appealing

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of appealing

: having qualities that people like : pleasing or attractive

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