evoking or attracting interest, desire, curiosity, sympathy, or the like; attractive.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for appealingly

Contemporary Examples of appealingly

  • The idea behind the labeling of GMOs is simple, logical, and appealingly democratic.

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    Whole Foods' Anti-GMO Swindle

    Michael Schulson

    September 15, 2014

  • “People are surprised,” he recently told The Dallas Morning News in appealingly self-aware, self-deprecating mode.

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    A George W. Bush Comeback?

    Lloyd Grove

    April 24, 2013

Historical Examples of appealingly

  • She looked at him appealingly, but he was staring at a paper which he was not reading.


    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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for appealingly



attractive or pleasing
Derived Formsappealingly, 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