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appealing

[uh-pee-ling]
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adjective
  1. evoking or attracting interest, desire, curiosity, sympathy, or the like; attractive.
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Origin of appealing

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at appeal, -ing2
Related formsap·peal·ing·ly, adverbap·peal·ing·ness, nounnon·ap·peal·ing, adjectivenon·ap·peal·ing·ly, adverbnon·ap·peal·ing·ness, nounqua·si-ap·peal·ing, adjectivequa·si-ap·peal·ing·ly, adverbun·ap·peal·ing, adjectiveun·ap·peal·ing·ly, adverb
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  • His appealingness had for the instant soothed that angry devil in her.

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British Dictionary definitions for appealingness

appealing

adjective
  1. attractive or pleasing
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Derived Formsappealingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for appealingness

appealing

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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