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desirable

[dih-zahyuh r-uh-buh l] /dɪˈzaɪər ə bəl/
adjective
1.
worth having or wanting; pleasing, excellent, or fine:
a desirable apartment.
2.
arousing desire or longing:
a desirable man or woman.
3.
advisable; recommendable:
a desirable law.
noun
4.
a person or thing that is desirable.
Origin of desirable
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Old French. See desire, -able
Related forms
desirability, desirableness, noun
desirably, adverb
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  • To them survival was linked up with social acceptance and desirability.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • It is simply a fact that has nothing to do with desirability or charm or anything else.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • After having decided upon the desirability of having a holiday, the next thing is to fix a day of departure.

  • Once a letter spoke of the desirability of being an optimist.

  • Bull had been to school before, and of this school he often bragged as the acmé of desirability and wickedness.

    Eric Frederic William Farrar
  • As to the desirability of free transportation, see Report of Ohio School, 1843, p. 11.

    The Deaf Harry Best
British Dictionary definitions for desirability

desirable

/dɪˈzaɪərəbəl/
adjective
1.
worthy of desire or recommendation: a desirable residence
2.
arousing desire, esp sexual desire; attractive
noun
3.
a person or thing that is the object of desire
Derived Forms
desirability, desirableness, noun
desirably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for desirability

desirable

adj.

late 14c., from Old French desirable (12c.), from dasirer (see desire (v.)). Related: Desirably; desirability.

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