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

bodacious, dishy, hot, luscious, sexy, toothsome

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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

This is a total vegetation killer, so shield desirable plants. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Controlling horse nettle and coping with herbicide injury," 12 July 2019 Between now and July 31, the Giants need to make a wrenching decision on whether to trade franchise icon Madison Bumgarner and a host of desirable relievers to build for 2020 and beyond. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants open second half with pressing trade questions and a sliver of hope," 11 July 2019 Within four to five hours, only the least desirable dates are available, typically November and February of the following year. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Havasupai Falls hike: 6 essential questions answered," 8 July 2019 Several of the homes on the tour come with desirable main-level master or guest suites. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Thrive in the lifestyle of your dreams — soar to Eagle Ridge," 8 July 2019 Yet West’s Clippers have forced the Lakers to resort to backup plans, executing a flurry of moves Saturday after they were jilted by Leonard and missed out on dozens of desirable free agents who reached agreements elsewhere. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "After Kawhi Leonard miss, Lakers ink DeMarcus Cousins and scramble to fill out rotation," 7 July 2019 The specificity which made phages once seem less desirable is now their greatest appeal. B David Zarley, The Verge, "These superbug-fighting viruses are making a comeback," 5 July 2019 With so many teams looking to bolster offense, Pominville, 36, still seems desirable. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Intriguing unrestricted free agents remain out there," 4 July 2019 Not the most desirable of clubs, then, yet some in Italy are eager to join. The Economist, "An idea for a parallel currency resurfaces in Italy," 28 June 2019

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 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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