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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
  • When they left the chapel, Newbury, pale and smiling, bent over her appealingly.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • And then, perceiving them, she seemed to take a sudden resolution, and turned to them appealingly.

    The Girl Next Door Augusta Huiell Seaman
  • She looked at him appealingly, pitifully, but she shook her head.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Doña Jocasta sighed, and looked from one to the other appealingly.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • She had risen to her feet, and was gazing at him appealingly.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • She was not aware that in concluding she had done so appealingly.

    The Homesteader Oscar Micheaux
  • She looked up at him, softly and appealingly, though he was not looking at her.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
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.

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