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

Everton have also shown an interest in Rose but a move to Goodison Park would be far less desirable even if the Toffees could muster the necessary funds to prise him away. SI.com, "Man Utd Shelve Plans to Sign Tottenham Star This Summer & Instead Prioritise Other Targets," 13 June 2018 Such outbursts may make jobs in stores and restaurants, already known for long hours and low pay, less desirable. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Bigoted customers make life hell for minority workers, but here's how to fight back," 7 June 2018 My stubbornness remained, even when other less desirable traits finally left me. Larry Ruhl, Longreads, "Sober Gay Man Seeks…What, Exactly, He’s No Longer Sure," 12 Apr. 2018 The ordinance was intended to prevent less desirable businesses from opening in the big box structures. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Kroger drops plan for Fishers superstore and the Amazon-Whole Foods deal could be why," 9 Apr. 2018 Those objections should not apply, however, to those athletes who are more draft-eligible than draft-desirable. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Entering the NBA draft shouldn't mean losing NCAA eligibility | Tim Sullivan," 5 Apr. 2018 In addition, the study found that in 280 less-desirable metros, home prices dropped. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As country gets richer, homeowners see the most gain," 13 Mar. 2018 But this slide has been underway for the past 18 years, as Russia has shifted from treating cooperation with the E.U. as desirable to seeing confrontation with the E.U. as unavoidable. Andrew Foxall, Washington Post, "Russia used to see itself as part of Europe. Here’s why that changed.," 18 June 2018 The grand ferry takeoff point wasn’t always so desirable. Melissa Kravitz, USA TODAY, "Taste San Francisco's Ferry Building Marketplace," 11 June 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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More Definitions for desirable

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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