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desirable

adjective de·sir·able \ di-ˈzī-rə-bəl \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of desirable

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

desirableness

noun

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

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Origin and Etymology of desirable


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desirable

noun

Definition of desirable

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

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Origin and Etymology of desirable


DESIRABLE Defined for English Language Learners

desirable

adjective

Definition of desirable for English Language Learners

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

  • : sexually attractive


DESIRABLE Defined for Kids

desirable

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

Definition of desirable for Students

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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