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Desirable definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DESIRABLE, a.
1. Worthy of desire; that is to be wished for with sincerity or earnestness. An easy address is a desirable accomplishment; real virtue is still more desirable.
2. Pleasing; agreeable.
All of them desirable young men. Ezek 23.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: worth having or seeking or achieving; "a desirable job"; "computer with many desirable features"; "a desirable outcome" [ant: undesirable, unwanted]
2: worthy of being chosen especially as a spouse; "the parents found the girl suitable for their son" [syn: desirable, suitable, worthy]

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Date: 14th century 1. having pleasing qualities or properties ; attractive <a desirable woman> 2. worth seeking or doing as advantageous, beneficial, or wise ; advisable <desirable legislation> desirableness noun desirably adverb II. noun Date: 1645 one that is desirable

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 worth having or wishing for (it is desirable that nobody should smoke). 2 arousing sexual desire; very attractive. Derivatives: desirability n. desirableness n. desirably adv. Etymology: ME f. OF (as DESIRE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Desirable De*sir"a*ble, a. [F. d['e]sirable, fr. L. desiderabilis. See Desire, v. t.] Worthy of desire or longing; fitted to excite desire or a wish to possess; pleasing; agreeable. All of them desirable young men. --Ezek. xxiii. 12. As things desirable excite Desire, and objects move the appetite. --Blackmore.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Something that is desirable is worth having or doing because it is useful, necessary, or popular. Prolonged negotiation was not desirable... ADJ desirability ...the desirability of democratic reform. N-UNCOUNT: usu the N of n/-ing 2. Someone who is desirable is considered to be sexually attractive. ...the young women whom his classmates thought most desirable. ADJ desirability ...Veronica's desirability. N-UNCOUNT: usu poss N

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. Eligible, enviable, to be desired.

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