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Webster 1913 Edition


Desirable

De-sir′a-ble

,
Adj.
[F.
désirable
, fr. L.
desiderabilis
. See
Desire
,
Verb.
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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Desirable

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.

Definition 2021


desirable

desirable

See also: désirable

English

Adjective

desirable (comparative more desirable, superlative most desirable)

  1. Suitable, worthy to be desired.
    This applicant has almost all desirable properties.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page vii
      With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get []

Antonyms

Translations

Noun

desirable (plural desirables)

  1. A thing that people want; something that is desirable.
    There are plenty of desirables on display in the window.

Middle French

Adjective

desirable m, f (plural desirables)

  1. desirable