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desirable

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adjective de·sir·able \di-ˈzī-rə-bəl\

Definition of desirable

  1. 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. 2 :  worth seeking or doing as advantageous, beneficial, or wise :  advisable <desirable legislation>

desirableness

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desirably

play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of desirable in a sentence

  1. The house is in a highly desirable location.

  2. The new stove has many desirable features.

  3. the qualities that make a desirable business partner

  4. The experiment did not achieve a desirable result.

  5. a beautiful and desirable woman

Origin and Etymology of desirable

see 1desire


First Known Use: 14th century


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desirable

noun de·sir·able

Definition of desirable

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

Origin and Etymology of desirable

see 1desire


First Known Use: 1645


DESIRABLE Defined for English Language Learners

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desirable

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adjective de·sir·able \di-ˈzī-rə-bəl\

Definition of desirable for English Language Learners

  • : having good or pleasing qualities : worth having or getting

  • : sexually attractive


DESIRABLE Defined for Kids

desirable

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adjective de·sir·able \di-ˈzī-rə-bəl\

Definition of desirable for Students

  1. 1 :  having pleasing qualities :  attractive <a desirable location>

  2. 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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