de·​sir·​abil·​i·​ty | \ di-ˌzī-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce desirability (audio) \
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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Examples of desirability in a Sentence

the desirability of immortality becomes a little less certain after some consideration of the consequences
Recent Examples on the Web Even with the dwindling desirability of family sedans, Kia has crafted a compelling example with the all-new 2021 K5. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Best New Sedans of 2021," 19 Feb. 2021 This new development also demands a reassessment of the desirability of the NFL's seven head coaching posts, ranked here from worst to first: 7. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking NFL's seven open head coaching jobs in 2021, including Philadelphia Eagles, from worst to first," 11 Jan. 2021 Make note of the condition of those houses, the upgrades, the desirability of the exact locations, and compare them to your house. Melissa Rolland,, "New Year’s resolution: sell in 2021," 30 Dec. 2020 Participants rated the desirability of gifts based on five criteria using a scale of 1 (worst) to 9 (best). Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Don’t Judge a Holiday Gift by Its Cover: Perfect Packages Raise Hopes," 11 Dec. 2020 That's much easier, and faster, to work toward than creating a mass-market vehicle with competing goals for desirability and practicality. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "GM is making the Hummer EV in record time. Here's how," 21 Nov. 2020 Although price hikes reduce the desirability of streaming services, the online platforms unquestionably provide advantages over cable and satellite in terms of choice and flexibility. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Hulu raises Live TV price to $65, matching YouTube TV’s latest price hike," 17 Nov. 2020 Scarcity is an important factor in desirability, though some brands manufacture it by destroying their merchandise or creating endless waitlists. Emily Farra, Vogue, "This New Pre-Order Site Paves the Way for a Slower, “Gentler” Fashion Industry," 29 Oct. 2020 The desirability and attainability of that dream will differ depending on one’s own political orientation of course, but in any case its prospects seem far off. Christian Holub,, "How new novel The Ministry for the Future lays a blueprint for fighting climate change," 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of desirability

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Feb 2021

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“Desirability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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