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

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Their husbands aren’t too shabby in this category, either; Prince Harry ups a product’s desirability by 31.9 percent and Prince William does the same by 27 percent. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Is Even More Influential Than Meghan Markle in the U.S.," 1 Nov. 2018 Meghan Markle was not far behind in second place, increasing a product’s desirability by 35 percent. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Is Even More Influential Than Meghan Markle in the U.S.," 1 Nov. 2018 This makes sense from a business perspective, an environmental perspective, and a desirability perspective. Allie Holloway, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gabriela Hearst Opens Up About Her Mission to Combine Sustainability with Luxury," 27 Sep. 2018 But there is only up to a 21 percent chance that the woman a man messages will write back, and that number drops as the desirability gap widens. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Twitter’s case for keeping Alex Jones is falling apart," 10 Aug. 2018 Although vile, the issue here is not solely about sexualizing, projecting and critiquing the desirability of a five-month-old baby, but the perpetuation of colorism. Yaminah Mayo, Glamour, "Khloé Kardashian Shouldn't Have to 'Block Out' Racist Remarks About True," 20 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of desirability

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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