Definition of desirable in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈzʌɪərəb(ə)l/


1Wished for as being an attractive, useful, or necessary course of action: [with infinitive]: it is desirable to check that nothing has been forgotten
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  • There is, today, a general recognition that price stability is highly desirable from an economic standpoint.
  • Other factors, such as the enhanced capital gains exemption and liability concerns, also make incorporation highly desirable.
  • An experimental verification of the predictions of the theory would be highly desirable.
advantageous, advisable, wise, sensible, prudent, recommendable;
helpful, useful, beneficial, worthwhile, profitable, preferable, expedient, in everyone's interests
1.1(Of a person) arousing sexual desire: you’re a very desirable woman
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  • Roman writers often accused women of wanting to employ a wet nurse only for the sake of maintaining a sexually desirable figure.
  • The film's most desirable character uses sex purely to manipulate people and her eyes seem more dead than enticing.
  • It features a model with a modest acting resume, and makes her the most desirable woman to have graced the screen in recent years.
sexually attractive, attractive, beautiful, pretty, handsome, appealing;
seductive, alluring, enchanting, engaging, erotic, fetching, fascinating, beguiling, captivating, bewitching, irresistible
informal sexy, hot, beddable


A desirable person or thing: the store sells various desirables
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  • In 1883, Francis Galton, a cousin of Charles Darwin, actually coined the term ‘Eugenics’ (good in birth) as a science dedicated to improving human stock by getting rid of so-called undesirables and increasing the number of desirables.
  • We've only recently become aware of the problem, but due to the status afforded our clients, these bands have become the latest desirables, and we all know that's an open invitation for forgeries.
  • The focus here is on the production of desirables through means which directly increase available options or extend social repertoires, rather than indirectly doing so as a by-product of an eliminative procedure.



Pronunciation: /dɪˈzʌɪərəb(ə)lnəs/
Example sentences
  • The need for low water content just takes a lot of the desirableness away from them from my standpoint.
  • This information will have a significant influence to me on the desirableness of an apartment.
  • A Victorian committee in 1853 reiterated the desirableness of a ‘General Assembly.’


Pronunciation: /dɪˈzʌɪərəbli/
Example sentences
  • But culturally it remains as desirably diverse as ever.
  • We need to take a step back from the day to day routine and engage in a constructive debate about our future and what form it might desirably take.
  • The towel desirably includes from about 10% to about 50% moisture-transporting polyester fibers.


Late Middle English: from Old French, suggested by Latin desiderabilis, from desiderare 'to desire' (see desiderate).

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