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 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

Skeptics worry that too many developers would choose to pay fees rather than include low-income units in desirable areas. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle City Council starts debate on upzones; here’s how neighborhoods across the city would be affected," 8 Jan. 2019 All perfectly desirable destinations, touted in every upstate New York guide under the sun, but I wasn’t sold. Lily Kupets, Vogue, "A Winter Weekend Destination You’ve Likely Overlooked: New Paltz, New York," 28 Dec. 2018 The move is expected to bring 40,000 jobs with an average wage of $150,000 annually, putting young job seekers like Rahman in a desirable position. Natt Garun, The Verge, "For Queens residents, Amazon’s HQ2 isn’t arriving without a fight," 20 Nov. 2018 After beating Stanford in a weekend of upsets around the Pac-12, the Cougars have the most desirable path to the Pac-12 title game of any team in the conference, but the road to the College Football Playoff is much more daunting. Theo Lawson, The Seattle Times, "The Cougars are top-10 and in the driver’s seat for Pac-12 North. Does WSU have a shot at the playoff?," 29 Oct. 2018 As for the 500 Singer 1911s, those handguns went to arming Army Air Force aircrews, and today are among the most desirable guns in the world of arms and armor collecting. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "When the Singer Sewing Machine Company Built the Best .45 Pistol Ever Made," 21 Sep. 2018 For decades, The Pines offered many middle- and working-class families an affordable home in one of Houston’s most desirable areas. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "A Community Divided by Hurricane Harvey," 16 Aug. 2018 But the Movimiento Juventud 2000 is also one of the closest shelters to the port of entry and sits just miles from the U.S. border, making it the most desirable location for those seeking entry. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "At the Border, Parents Seeking Asylum Are Willing to Risk Separation Rather Than Go Back to Danger," 21 June 2018 Between those extremes, Mr. Pillsbury sees a more likely and desirable middle path—a transactional U.S.-China relationship of the sort that prevailed during the 1980s in which the two decide, case by case, when to do business and when to decouple. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Trump Didn’t Kill the Global Trade System. He Split It in Two.," 26 Dec. 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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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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