de·sir·abil·i·ty | \di-ˌzī-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē \
plural desirabilities

Definition of desirability 

1 desirabilities plural : desirable conditions had understood and studied certain desirabilities— D. D. Eisenhower

2 : the quality, fact, or degree of being desirable

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the desirability of immortality becomes a little less certain after some consideration of the consequences

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Ski areas often shift the prices in advance, based on desirability of the dates. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ski areas leverage skiers on pricing," 26 Feb. 2018 In fact, some of these crabs may have had a warm welcome in mind; female ghost crabs initially judge a male’s desirability by his burrow’s entrance. New York Times, "Ghost on the Beach," 28 June 2018 Pop culture has long reinforced the idea that intelligence and desirability can’t easily coexist in a female character. Sauleha Kamal, The Atlantic, "The Character Who Made Me Love Brooklyn Nine-Nine," 12 June 2018 State regulations require sellers to tell buyers about anything that could affect the value or desirability of a home. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "What if the suspected East Area Rapist's home went on the market? Would you buy? | The Sacramento Bee," 25 May 2018 Dale Tallon spoke this week about the desirability and difficulty of putting together four lines that are scoring threats as the Vegas Golden Knights did in their run to the Stanley Cup Finals. Craig Davis,, "Panthers take Grigori Denisenko with 15th pick in NHL draft," 23 June 2018 In fact, Jake’s pursuit of Amy—and their subsequent relationship—is central to the comedy and, to its credit, the show doesn’t use his interest in her as lazy shorthand for her desirability. Sauleha Kamal, The Atlantic, "The Character Who Made Me Love Brooklyn Nine-Nine," 12 June 2018 Instead of a single point person with a clear set of demands, the White House is sending six trade and economic officials with differing ideas on how to approach China and who are deeply divided over the desirability of a trade war. Ana Swanson And Jim Tankersley, New York Times, "Trump Trade Officials Will Present a Hard Line in China, but Internally They Are Divided," 2 May 2018 The benefits to local environments could be viewed much the same as the desirability of wildfires in interior locales. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Sustainability of natural resources matters to outdoorsmen and women," 15 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of desirability

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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to reject or criticize sharply

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