desirable

adjective
de·​sir·​able | \ di-ˈzī-rə-bəl How to pronounce desirable (audio) \

Definition of desirable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having pleasing qualities or properties : attractive "Mr. Darcy, you must allow me to present this young lady to you as a very desirable partner."— Jane Austen a house in a highly desirable location
2 : worth seeking or doing as advantageous, beneficial, or wise : advisable desirable legislation

desirable

noun

Definition of desirable (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person or thing that merits or attracts favorable attention and consideration : one that is desirable

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Other Words from desirable

Adjective

desirableness noun
desirably \ di-​ˈzī-​rə-​blē How to pronounce desirably (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for desirable

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of desirable in a Sentence

Adjective The house is in a highly desirable location. The new stove has many desirable features. the qualities that make a desirable business partner The experiment did not achieve a desirable result. a beautiful and desirable woman
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective While buyers often play hardball, homes that are in the most desirable locations with updated kitchens and baths are sought after and can attract multiple bids. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Spring home buying market started out with a bang, then stalled in Greater Hartford in 2019," 17 Aug. 2019 Located in the famed Franklin School District, this home is the perfect way for a buyer to make a purchase on one of the best streets in the most desirable neighborhood of Santa Monica. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Would you choose space or style in Santa Monica?," 11 July 2019 Parents would have the option of entering their children in the city’s charter-enrollment lottery, but the lottery’s first round had already taken place, and the most desirable spots for the fall were filled. Andrea Gabor, Harper's magazine, "The K-12 Takeover," 28 Oct. 2019 The key to landing a good job is understanding what traits are most desirable and how to present them when talking with employers. Houston Chronicle, "Main traits employers look for in allied health care candidates," 11 Oct. 2019 Fan Pier, considered one of the Seaport’s most desirable parcels, had been tied up for years in litigation and dithering before it was finally sold to Boston developer Joe Fallon. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "Can the new Suffolk Downs avoid the mistakes of the Seaport District?," 5 Sep. 2019 His full-time horse racing business occupied several years until the accumulation of children made a settled lifestyle seem more desirable. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 8/1," 1 Aug. 2019 Ultra-small sensors at the nano-scale (a nanometer comes in at 1 x .000000009 meter) are desirable, but pose particular engineering challenges. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The World's Smallest Accelerometer Could Transform Wearables," 3 Sep. 2019 As trade war tensions increase and having money in the United States becomes less desirable, many of those developers have decided to service their debts by offloading massive New York properties, according to the Financial Times (paywall). Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "Chinese buyers are pulling out of New York real estate in droves," 25 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Responses ran the gamut of tangible and intangible desirables, some of which are truly shoot-for-the-stars gifts and at least one that doesn't cost any money at all. Ars Technica, "Staffsource: Ars staffers’ most wished-for gifts in 2019," 22 Nov. 2019 The undesirables are migrants or refugees, the desirables are expats or cosmopolitans. Ben Huberman, Longreads, "An Expat by Any Other Name (Is Sometimes a Digital Nomad)," 21 July 2017

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First Known Use of desirable

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1645, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for desirable

Adjective

see desire entry 1

Noun

see desire entry 1

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The first known use of desirable was in the 14th century

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3 Dec 2019

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“Desirable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/desirable. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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More Definitions for desirable

desirable

adjective
How to pronounce desirable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of desirable

: having good or pleasing qualities : worth having or getting
: sexually attractive

desirable

adjective
de·​sir·​able | \ di-ˈzī-rə-bəl How to pronounce desirable (audio) \

Kids Definition of desirable

1 : having pleasing qualities : attractive a desirable location
2 : worth having or seeking “… a good heart is, I believe, much more desirable than education or brains.”— L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz

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