[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

1350–1400; Middle English < Old French. See desire, -able
Related formsde·sir·a·bil·i·ty, de·sir·a·ble·ness, nounde·sir·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for desirability

Contemporary Examples of desirability

Historical Examples of desirability

  • Was it intended that the Duquettes should recognize the desirability of vacating the farm?

  • It is simply a fact that has nothing to do with desirability or charm or anything else.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • Once a letter spoke of the desirability of being an optimist.

  • Did he ever betray any doubts as to the desirability of his career?

    The Man Who Wins

    Robert Herrick

  • You will now appreciate the desirability of guarding your conduct.

    Little Miss Grouch

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

British Dictionary definitions for desirability



worthy of desire or recommendationa desirable residence
arousing desire, esp sexual desire; attractive


a person or thing that is the object of desire
Derived Formsdesirability or desirableness, noundesirably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for desirability



late 14c., from Old French desirable (12c.), from dasirer (see desire (v.)). Related: Desirably; desirability.

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