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
desirablyplay \-blē\ adverb
Examples of desirable in a Sentence
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
Recent Examples of desirable from the Web
Jefferson County Master Gardener June Sandercock will describe pollinator behavior, desirable plants and other garden elements to welcome and nurture pollinators, 9 a.m. July 29.
When a company is desirable, perhaps due to its products, technology, patents, cash generation or growth prospects, a buyer might be in a bidding war.
Supporters of the legislation say restrictions and bureaucracy have made becoming a therapist less desirable.
The employees alleged they were denied promotions and transfers, given less desirable work assignments, harassed and wrongly fired in some cases because of their race.
So how does Orr go from medically ruled out from ever playing football again less than six months ago to becoming a highly desirable free agent linebacker today?
There’s a risk that supplies coming from Takata could be interrupted if the proceeds from a sale of Takata’s desirable assets fail to cover its recall costs down the road.
None of these towns seem particularly appealing, but according to a new ranking by the website 247WallSt.com, all three are more desirable than Miami Beach, home of Joe’s, Prime 112 and Mango’s.
Orbuch says the normal vaginal pH for vaginas is 3.8 to 4.5 and most wines' pH fall around 3.0 or 4.0; about 3.0 to 3.4 is desirable for white wines, while about 3.3 to 3.6 is best for reds.
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Definition of desirable
: a person or thing that merits or attracts favorable attention and consideration : one that is desirable
DESIRABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of desirable for English Language Learners
: having good or pleasing qualities : worth having or getting
: sexually attractive
DESIRABLE Defined for Kids
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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