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 One survey about the desirability of working from home reports the participation of 13% SAHMs and 3% stay-at-home-dads, yet still didn’t report the number of WAHMs. Nicola Prentis, Good Housekeeping, "I Work From Home so I Can Be There for My Kids. But They Didn't Realize I Worked at All.," 30 Dec. 2019 Portland ranked highly in desirability and boasts a strong job market. oregonlive, "Portland leads West Coast among ‘best places to retire’," 8 Oct. 2019 In an industry where Tappen constantly faces an uphill battle, Roenick undercut all her noteworthy professional accomplishments by reducing her to her desirability among men. Hemal Jhaveri, For The Win, "There's no defending Jeremy Roenick's inappropriate and demeaning comments," 24 Dec. 2019 The testimony to his own desirability comes via Hardwick’s versified letters or telephone talk: . . . Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker, "Marriage, Betrayal, and the Letters Behind “The Dolphin”," 9 Dec. 2019 Till chores do us part Indian men never really ranked high on the desirability scale. Diksha Madhok, Quartz India, "Step up Indian men—or we’ll live happily ever after with our careers," 1 Nov. 2019 The list is based on a methodology that factored in happiness, housing affordability, health care quality, desirability, retiree taxes, and job market ratings., "US News and World Report," 9 Oct. 2019 That means prices can change according to the desirability of dates. Tom Stienstra,, "Sierra ski outlook: Limited openings for Thanksgiving holiday," 21 Nov. 2019 One argument that Fiat Chrysler can make is, basically, profitability is also impacted by things like financing and desirability of the cars. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Fraud and bribery? OK, but that doesn't win the case for General Motors," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of desirability

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Jan 2020

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“Desirability.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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one that suddenly gains wealth or power

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