ap·​peal·​ing ə-ˈpē-liŋ How to pronounce appealing (audio)
: having appeal : pleasing
an appealing design
: marked by earnest entreaty : imploring
the appealing look of an injured dog
appealingly adverb

Example Sentences

a book with an appealing title the idea of living on Mars is appealing to space enthusiasts
Recent Examples on the Web In a bad sign for the European Union, many executives find the U.S. initiative more appealing, even after Europe sketched the outlines of a rival policy. Carol Ryan, WSJ, 9 Mar. 2023 No matter which locale sounds most appealing to you, lock it in ASAP. Karen Cicero, Good Housekeeping, 7 Mar. 2023 Extend the evening at Riva Lounge with its appealing cocktails. Laura Manske, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2023 If corporate feminism is now on the downswing from its 2010s heyday, then the unfinished project of 9to5 presents an increasingly appealing alternative. Jess Bergman, The New Republic, 20 Feb. 2023 Plus Austin Butler, a handsome young actor in a musical biopic, looks like an awfully appealing alternative. Vulture, 10 Jan. 2023 Not enough to keep pace with inflation, but an appealing alternative as mutual fund retirement accounts erode. Sean P. Murphy,, 1 Jan. 2023 That made the lottery an appealing alternative for raising money, which was used for funding everything from civil defense to the construction of churches. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 17 Oct. 2022 For pet parents, flying with a dog can often seem like a more appealing alternative to leaving their pet behind with a friend, checking them into a boarding facility, or taking a lengthy, pet-friendly road trip to the destination instead. Matt Meltzer, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


from present participle of appeal entry 2

First Known Use

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of appealing was in 1749

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“Appealing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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