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

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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 The option is less desirable, as the discharge status upgrade would be honorable for VA purposes only, Sonenshine said, but may still allow King to receive VA care. Freep.com, "Disregarded and devastated: Homeless vet seeking health care finds faith, meets 'godsend'," 27 Mar. 2020 This insightful novel about the inner anxieties and not-so-desirable traits of potential partners and former flames will remind you of the awful things about not being in quarantine, like dating. Erin Coulehan, Teen Vogue, "8 Books to Crack Open While Society Closes Down Because of Coronavirus," 16 Mar. 2020 In this sense, what Belcher is doing is not so far from the selective breeding done by dog fanciers to create pooches with desirable aesthetic qualities that would be unlikely to ever show up in nature. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "The Next Generation of Batteries Could Be Built by Viruses," 26 Feb. 2020 This is a very desirable type of leather, so expect to pay many pretty pennies for it! Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "All You Need to Know About Shopping for Leather Furniture," 8 Oct. 2019 The leavening power is deactivated in the process, but lots of desirable qualities remain. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appétit, "This Spice Even Makes Salt Taste Better," 11 Sep. 2019 Our cover leader in America and Britain agrees that big government is needed to fight the pandemic—and that some of today’s changes, such as greater investment in public health, are desirable. The Economist, "Coronavirus and Leviathan," 27 Mar. 2020 In a typical recession, these effects are desirable. Yair Listokin For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The missing piece from the stimulus package that could boost the economy," 25 Mar. 2020 Children as young as 4 take standardized exams to be eligible for gifted schools, which are considered some of the most desirable schools in the city. Eliza Shapiro, New York Times, "This Year, Only 10 Black Students Got Into N.Y.C.’s Top High School," 19 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Constitution protects desirables and undesirables alike. Phil Gramm And Michael Solon, WSJ, "The Plot to Politicize Banking," 14 Jan. 2020 Responses ran the gamut of tangible and intangible desirables, some of which are truly shoot-for-the-stars gifts and at least one that doesn't cost any money at all. Ars Technica, "Staffsource: Ars staffers’ most wished-for gifts in 2019," 22 Nov. 2019 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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20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Desirable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/desirable. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for desirable

desirable

adjective
How to pronounce desirable (audio)

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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