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[uh-pee-ling] /əˈpi lɪŋ/
evoking or attracting interest, desire, curiosity, sympathy, or the like; attractive.
Origin of appealing
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see appeal, -ing2
Related forms
appealingly, adverb
appealingness, noun
nonappealing, adjective
nonappealingly, adverb
nonappealingness, noun
quasi-appealing, adjective
quasi-appealingly, adverb
unappealing, adjective
unappealingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • appealingly her eager eyes searched the old Butler's inscrutable face.

    Peace on Earth, Good-will to Dogs Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • His eyes sought hers wistfully, appealingly, with all that he felt showing in them.

    The White Mice Richard Harding Davis
  • And then, perceiving them, she seemed to take a sudden resolution, and turned to them appealingly.

    The Girl Next Door Augusta Huiell Seaman
  • Courtland laid his hand assuringly, appealingly, and then savagely on his shoulder.

  • Doña Jocasta sighed, and looked from one to the other appealingly.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • He looked at her appealingly and she placed something into the palm of his hand.

    Colorado Jim George Goodchild
  • She was not aware that in concluding she had done so appealingly.

    The Homesteader Oscar Micheaux
  • I stood there, as if glued to the floor and could only gaze at her dumbly and appealingly.

    An Anarchist Woman Hutchins Hapgood
British Dictionary definitions for appealingly


attractive or pleasing
Derived Forms
appealingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for appealingly


mid-15c. as a noun, "action of petitioning a higher court or authority," verbal noun from appeal (v.). Adjectival sense of "attractive" attested by 1892. Related: Appealingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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