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 And, in an environment where air travel has been effectively closed off, even the mundane aspects of flying may be more appealing. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "‘Flights to nowhere’ are popular. Experts explain the psychology behind the COVID-era concept," 11 Oct. 2020 The lack of crowds will be even more appealing whenever Discovery is able to reopen. Maggie Shipstead, Condé Nast Traveler, "Winter in Montana: Horseback Riding in the Snow and Après-Ski Barbecue," 5 Oct. 2020 Intellectual exercises have always been more appealing than physical ones — obviously the more esoteric the better. Beverly Friend,, "Time hangs heavily | Opinion," 1 Oct. 2020 Leaves on the trees and shrubs, flowers, and grass are much more appealing to look at to a potential buyer than snow drifts and bare branches. Melissa Rolland,, "Prepping to be ahead of the competition," 1 Oct. 2020 This is one reason why proof assistants are so appealing. Quanta Magazine, "Building the Mathematical Library of the Future," 1 Oct. 2020 This line of criticism may be more appealing to outside liberal groups than Democratic senators in the midst of a hard-fought election. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "The Left explodes when Republicans nominate women, blacks, or Latinos," 30 Sep. 2020 This attribute is even more appealing when used with the LIVE Interactions feature, in which iFit trainers digitally adjust the incline and resistance for you. Sian Babish,, "Best Peloton alternatives for at-home workouts," 30 Sep. 2020 The option could be more appealing to countries like Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Austria, which revolted against the quota idea and are traditionally the least welcoming to migrants. Washington Post, "E.U. proposes immigration deal that would require countries to take a share of asylum-seekers or assist in deportations," 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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24 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Appealing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of appealing

: having qualities that people like : pleasing or attractive

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