desirable

adjective
de·​sir·​able | \di-ˈzī-rə-bəl \

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 \ -​blē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for desirable

Synonyms: Adjective

advisable, expedient, judicious, politic, prudent, tactical, wise

Antonyms: Adjective

impolitic, imprudent, inadvisable, inexpedient, injudicious, unwise

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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

Every kitten is adorable, but some people look for breeds with a certain look, size, personality, activity level or other desirable trait. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Cats’ quirks? Read about breeds," 27 June 2018 Among the desirable players expected to be there at No.7 are centers Barrett Hayton (Frost’s teammate in juniors) and Jesperi Kotkaniemi, and righthanded defensemen such as Noah Dobson, Evan Bouchard and Adam Boqvist. Sam Carchidi, Philly.com, "At the NHL draft, Flyers GM Ron Hextall has been at his gunslinger best," 15 June 2018 To see how this could happen, consider that, after the merger, AT&T would have the rights to all of HBO’s output, CNN, live NBA and NCAA broadcasts, and many more desirable Time Warner properties. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Court Approves AT&T’s Merger With Time Warner," 12 June 2018 The house was in good shape despite its age, and had a desirable location in Newton Centre. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "For sale in Newton: A truce in the teardown wars," 8 June 2018 Both Disney and Comcast consider Sky, which Mr. Murdoch founded three decades ago, to be among Fox’s most desirable assets because its international presence would bolster either company’s global reach. New York Times, "Comcast and Fox Engage in Bidding War for Control of Sky," 11 July 2018 But young talent is turning into one of the most desirable English exports this side of tweed. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "How England Rewired Its Soccer DNA," 10 July 2018 The exploration of this moon ranks atop the list of most desirable missions alongside returning some rocky material from Mars for study on Earth. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Senior scientist argues that we should bypass Europa for Enceladus," 5 July 2018 The project would be built in a highly desirable neighborhood of mostly single-family homes, where the city’s historical urban fabric gradually shifts to upscale post-war suburban-style development. Jay Walljasper, WIRED, "The Bitter Battle to Turn an Old Factory Into a 21st Century 'Eco-Village'," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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desirable

adjective

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 \

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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