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

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 In fact, the top speed is a means to an end – giving them the desirability and exclusivity to command an astronomical price tag from multi-millionaires and billionaires. James Morris, Forbes, 23 Apr. 2022 Zara is walking a tightrope, navigating a conflicting set of ideas and rules about women’s desirability and shame. Seemab Gul, The New Yorker, 25 May 2022 The ratings are based on methodology that considers such factors as job market, housing affordability, quality of life, desirability and net migration ratings, according to the media company. Paul Gattis |, al, 17 May 2022 There’s a long history of rural areas relying on one unstable source of income and on the desirability of natural resources. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, 29 Aug. 2020 The desirability of cash lies within its flexibility and immediacy for any number of strategic options. Mark Lippett, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Or, do the Pew Poll numbers reflect cheap talk, probably rooted in a social desirability bias? Nives Dolsak And Aseem Prakash, Forbes, 19 Sep. 2021 Saffron appears everywhere from risotto Milanese and the bouillabaisse of Marseille to rice dishes across the Middle East and India, proof of both its desirability and its ability to grow in many parts of the world. Jane Black, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2022 However, this is precisely the intention of desirability politics. Sarah Githugu,, 24 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of desirability

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Desirability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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