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undesirable

[ uhn-di-zahyuhr-uh-buhl ]
/ ˌʌn dɪˈzaɪər ə bəl /
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adjective

not desirable or attractive; objectionable: undesirable qualities.

noun

a person or thing considered undesirable: a collection of malcontents and undesirables.

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Origin of undesirable

First recorded in 1660–70; un-1 + desirable

OTHER WORDS FROM undesirable

un·de·sir·a·bil·i·ty, un·de·sir·a·ble·ness, nounun·de·sir·a·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for undesirable

undesirable
/ (ˌʌndɪˈzaɪərəbəl) /

adjective

not desirable or pleasant; objectionable

noun

a person or thing that is considered undesirable

Derived forms of undesirable

undesirability or undesirableness, nounundesirably, adverb
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