[dih-zahyuh r-uh-buh l]
- worth having or wanting; pleasing, excellent, or fine: a desirable apartment.
- arousing desire or longing: a desirable man or woman.
- advisable; recommendable: a desirable law.
- a person or thing that is desirable.
Origin of desirable
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Examples from the Web for desirably
Family affections stand out so desirably and vivid, like meadows green after rain.Carry On
What have they desirably in common with the disciplined Hausfrau who becomes the mother of the ruling future generations?Villa Elsa
And the favor with which he was received seemed to facilitate matters as desirably as could be wished for.The Humors of Falconbridge
Jonathan F. Kelley
This streamlining of undergarments helped the lady of fashion to maintain a desirably svelte figure.Women's Bathing and Swimming Costume in the United States
Claudia B. Kidwell
- worthy of desire or recommendationa desirable residence
- arousing desire, esp sexual desire; attractive
- a person or thing that is the object of desire
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Word Origin and History for desirably
late 14c., from Old French desirable (12c.), from dasirer (see desire (v.)). Related: Desirably; desirability.
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