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 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
Recent Examples on the Web Of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs — which also include goats, tigers, oxen and snakes — the rat is perhaps the least appealing. Kim Bhasin,, "Can Rats Be Chic? Fashion Labels Are Trying For Lunar New Year," 8 May 2020 While the idea of working in your pajamas and eating Oreos might seem appealing, in the long run that would be bad for your health. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, May 1," 1 May 2020 The variety was appealing, as were the speedy delivery times and the low prices. NBC News, "You're not the only one considering a new sofa: Why Wayfair is thriving amid the pandemic," 30 Apr. 2020 Plants have to be ornamentally appealing, reasonably easy to cultivate over a wide swath of North America, free from serious pest and disease problems and just all-around good plants that could use a little PR boost. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "A life-long love for 'weird' plants means our columnist is extra excited about 'Sun King'," 17 Apr. 2020 In the second of the two movements, Noseda kept the rhythms and tempo largely straightforward, with little Romantic push-and-pull, creating an appealing, plain-spoken rhetoric that, nevertheless, left the music wanting peroration. Matthew Guerrieri, Washington Post, "Noseda returns to the NSO podium and, just in time, finds the narrative," 21 Feb. 2020 To some footloose multinationals, Singapore’s stability now looks appealing, compared with the threat of unpredictable commutes and closed schools in Hong Kong. The Economist, "DiscontentSocial unrest in places like Hong Kong is not proof of economic failure," 5 Dec. 2019 Independence and the ability to manage your own time sound appealing when work is plentiful. The Economist, "Bartleby The pandemic may exacerbate the divide among workers," 8 Apr. 2020 All of which sounds pretty damn appealing to me right now. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Travel Stories We're Reading to Escape Right Now," 27 Mar. 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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23 May 2020

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“Appealing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of appealing

: having qualities that people like : pleasing or attractive

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