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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
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Old French. See desire, -able
Related forms
desirability, desirableness, noun
desirably, adverb
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  • It may be desirable to have a given amount of work shared among more people.
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  • The color is desirable because it penetrates deeper into living tissue.
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  • If the weed is twined around desirable plants, detach it before treating.
  • The smaller devices are desirable for both patients' peace of mind and surgical innovation.
  • Everywhere one meets the idea that reading is an activity desirable in itself.
  • Ability to teach finance and an interest in behavioral and experimental economics are also desirable.
  • The satellite's polar orbit will allow it to focus on especially desirable regions for human activities.
British Dictionary definitions for desirable

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 desirable
adj.

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

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