[dih-zahyuh r-uh-buh l]
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  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.
  1. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for desirably

Historical Examples of desirably

  • Family affections stand out so desirably and vivid, like meadows green after rain.

    Carry On

    Coningsby Dawson

  • What have they desirably in common with the disciplined Hausfrau who becomes the mother of the ruling future generations?

    Villa Elsa

    Stuart Henry

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for desirably


  1. worthy of desire or recommendationa desirable residence
  2. arousing desire, esp sexual desire; attractive
  1. 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 desirably



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

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