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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Unlike the majority of your hair-color trends named for delicious foods and refreshing beverages, a hue inspired by an edible fungus doesn't sound all that appealing. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Mushroom Blonde Is the Surprisingly Pretty Hair Color Trending for Summer," 26 June 2019 Armed Stormtroopers and lightsabers in a desolate and eerie landscape doesn’t sound too appealing., "Feedback: Readers react to our coverage of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and ‘Rocketman’," 8 June 2019 If all that sounds appealing, know that for most people older iPhones will do pretty much everything a new one will do, for much, much cheaper. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How and When to Buy a Used iPhone to Get the Best Deal," 7 Nov. 2018 When the state is corrupt and predatory, the insurgents’ promise of religious justice can sound appealing. The Economist, "Jihadists are trying to take over the Sahel," 12 July 2018 Less is more Sure, having more funds to choose from in an IRA may sound appealing. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "3 reasons IRAs have edge over 401(k)s when it's time to tap your nest egg," 11 July 2018 On the surface, the idea of having a mid-30s drunk, who runs a dilapidated driving range somewhere in the wasteland of West Texas, qualify for the U.S. Open doesn't sound all that appealing. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Ranking the top 7 Texas sports movies of all time — and their best scenes," 28 June 2018 If this doesn’t sound appealing, neither does the status quo. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "The Company Beating Amazon in Grocery Delivery," 22 June 2018 Then, as antibiotic resistance grew into a worldwide crisis — one that kills some 23,000 Americans a year — that joke started sounding more and more appealing. Eric Boodman, STAT, "First phage therapy center in the U.S. signals growing acceptance," 21 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of appealing

: having qualities that people like : pleasing or attractive

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