ap·​peal·​ing | \ə-ˈpē-liŋ \

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 \ 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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That includes placing tariffs on more than $200 billion worth of Chinese goods in the past year, which makes Chinese products more expensive — and therefore less appealing — to American consumers and businesses. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Trump’s trade war on Christmas," 29 Nov. 2018 This will keep your workout area clean and decluttered, which can contribute to an overall more appealing and inspiring space. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Build a Budget-Friendly at-Home Gym With These Tips From Celebrity Trainer Erin Oprea," 18 Nov. 2018 That preference, too, will only spread: no longer tied to the desktop Office apps, Office 365 becomes much less appealing or interesting, and Google's suite will be the one with the familiarity and experience edge. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "$600 Chromebooks are a dangerous development for Microsoft," 1 Sep. 2018 Kim Jong Un has emerged as a savvy, sophisticated, and even somewhat appealing figure. Brett Bruen, Time, "Donald Trump Has Successfully Cleaned Up North Korea's Brand," 12 June 2018 To drive home the point that a professor was physically appealing, the most-attractive academics were awarded a chili pepper for being caliente. Alfred Lubrano,, "After complaints, does away with its 'hotness' ratings," 11 July 2018 If gas prices make driving less appealing, then drivers should quit, pushing up income for those who remain. Eric Newcomer,, "Why Silicon Valley doesn't mind rising gas prices," 6 July 2018 The opportunity to pathologize certain behaviors is appealing. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Why Is There a ‘Gaming Disorder’ But No ‘Smartphone Disorder?’," 28 June 2018 The focus on China’s trade surplus is politically appealing, economists say, but distracts from goals that matter more to American companies and that Washington’s European and Asian partners support. Washington Post, "China: Smaller trade surplus, OK. But tech concessions? No.," 4 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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English Language Learners Definition of appealing

: having qualities that people like : pleasing or attractive

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