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desirable

[dih-zahyuh r-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. worth having or wanting; pleasing, excellent, or fine: a desirable apartment.
  2. arousing desire or longing: a desirable man or woman.
  3. advisable; recommendable: a desirable law.
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noun
  1. a person or thing that is desirable.
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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
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Related Words for desirable

beautiful, enticing, fascinating, profitable, beneficial, useful, helpful, acceptable, gratifying, expedient, preferable, enviable, worthwhile, adorable, alluring, charming, fetching, sexy, covetable, advisable

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British Dictionary definitions for desirable

desirable

adjective
  1. worthy of desire or recommendationa desirable residence
  2. arousing desire, esp sexual desire; attractive
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noun
  1. a person or thing that is the object of desire
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Derived Formsdesirability or desirableness, noundesirably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for desirable

adj.

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

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