de·​sir·​abil·​i·​ty di-ˌzī-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce desirability (audio)
plural desirabilities
desirabilities plural : desirable conditions
had understood and studied certain desirabilitiesD. D. Eisenhower
: the quality, fact, or degree of being desirable

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 Our ability to increase desirability over the long term is a clear advantage. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 5 May 2024 For the first time in the post–Cold War era, establishing the desirability of retrenchment might be the easy part. Stephen Wertheim, Foreign Affairs, 14 Feb. 2024 The imagery directly challenged a harmful narrative about the desirability of Black women on the whole, as well as to other races as romantic partners. Sonia Thompson, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Recently, in a series of frenetic gestures that seemed designed to convey his worry over rising consumer expenses, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau mused about the desirability of price controls to contain food costs. Daniel Foster, National Review, 30 Nov. 2023 In addition the city’s cost of living and property values are above the national average, according to U.S. News and World Report, reflecting its desirability and economic vitality. Laura Begley Bloom, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Getting on Instagram every day and seeing countless BBLs on Black and non-Black women alike only emphasized this toxic drive to force my body into this mold and consequently achieve a higher level of desirability. Annie Blay, Allure, 22 Feb. 2024 Their involvement elevates the perception of these products, associating them directly with quality and desirability—a reflection of the brand's unique selling proposition. Mikas Agarwal, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Waiting for certain festive foods to arrive — in my world, matzo balls, latkes, roasted turkey and stuffing — lifts them to ridiculous heights of desirability. Yotam Ottolenghi, New York Times, 17 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of desirability was in 1824

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“Desirability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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