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undesirable

[uhn-di-zahyuh r-uh-buh l] /ˌʌn dɪˈzaɪər ə bəl/
adjective
1.
not desirable or attractive; objectionable:
undesirable qualities.
noun
2.
a person or thing considered undesirable:
a collection of malcontents and undesirables.
Origin of undesirable
1660-1670
First recorded in 1660-70; un-1 + desirable
Related forms
undesirability, undesirableness, noun
undesirably, adverb
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Examples from the Web for undesirable
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  • A damp cellar has always been considered to be undesirable, but just why nobody knows.

    Rural Hygiene Henry N. Ogden
  • The roof of the spring-chamber may be of plank, but this is temporary and undesirable.

    Rural Hygiene Henry N. Ogden
  • The search for homes carried them into the most undesirable sections.

  • How to protect your emotional nature from undesirable vibrations.

    The Human Aura Swami Panchadasi
  • I have defied her from the first and now I am rated as an undesirable boarder.

British Dictionary definitions for undesirable

undesirable

/ˌʌndɪˈzaɪərəbəl/
adjective
1.
not desirable or pleasant; objectionable
noun
2.
a person or thing that is considered undesirable
Derived Forms
undesirability, undesirableness, noun
undesirably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for undesirable
adj.

1660s, "not to be desired, objectionable," from un- (1) "not" + desirable. The noun meaning "undesirable person or thing" is first attested 1883. Undesired "not asked or invited" is recorded from late 15c.

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