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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
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at 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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  • She looked at him appealingly, but he was staring at a paper which he was not reading.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • When they left the chapel, Newbury, pale and smiling, bent over her appealingly.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • She looked at him appealingly, pitifully, but she shook her head.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I questioned, appealingly, breaking the silence that had fallen between us.

  • She had risen to her feet, and was gazing at him appealingly.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • Doña Jocasta sighed, and looked from one to the other appealingly.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • She looked up at him, softly and appealingly, though he was not looking at her.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • He just shivered and flinched a little from the draft, appealingly.

    Once to Every Man Larry Evans
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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