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undesirable

[uhn-di-zahyuh r-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. not desirable or attractive; objectionable: undesirable qualities.
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noun
  1. 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
Related formsun·de·sir·a·bil·i·ty, un·de·sir·a·ble·ness, nounun·de·sir·a·bly, adverb
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  • A damp cellar has always been considered to be undesirable, but just why nobody knows.

    Rural Hygiene

    Henry N. Ogden

  • The roof of the spring-chamber may be of plank, but this is temporary and undesirable.

    Rural Hygiene

    Henry N. Ogden

  • The search for homes carried them into the most undesirable sections.

  • How to protect your emotional nature from undesirable vibrations.

    The Human Aura

    Swami Panchadasi

  • I have defied her from the first and now I am rated as an undesirable boarder.


British Dictionary definitions for undesirable

undesirable

adjective
  1. not desirable or pleasant; objectionable
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noun
  1. a person or thing that is considered undesirable
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Derived Formsundesirability or undesirableness, nounundesirably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for undesirable

adj.

1660s, "not to be desired, objectionable," from un- (1) "not" + desirable. The noun meaning "undesirable person or thing" is first attested 1883. Undesired "not asked or invited" is recorded from late 15c.

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