Definition of undesirable in English:



  • Not wanted or desirable because harmful, objectionable, or unpleasant.

    ‘the drug's undesirable side effects’
    • ‘Some allotments have fallen into disrepair and are so undesirable that nobody wants them even when the council offers to clear them first.’
    • ‘He said he did not expect to attract everyone, but hoped some people on the fringes of undesirable groups might use the pub as an alternative place to hang out.’
    • ‘To help you get rid of undesirable fat, cook ground beef briefly in a skillet, then drain.’
    • ‘But I fear that the private sector might create undesirable pressure to cut costs and increase profits.’
    • ‘They also can sort desirable and undesirable messages by means of automatic filters.’
    • ‘I said that I thought he was a nice guy, even though it seemed that he had undesirable friends.’
    • ‘Disobeying this golden rule will result in undesirable consequences.’
    • ‘Our situation and our life-style are not excessive and so do not attract undesirable attention.’
    • ‘The persistent application of double standards can bring about undesirable results.’
    • ‘Darkness overwhelmed her senses and yet she knew of the undesirable fate her friend had fallen into.’
    • ‘Although promising, this approach has been disappointing, with undesirable side effects.’
    • ‘I wondered if she knew how undesirable she looked, or whether she saw only what she wanted in the mirror.’
    • ‘Teenage pregnancy would be somewhat undesirable, we concluded.’
    • ‘In the same way, a good parent encourages desirable acts and discourages undesirable ones.’
    • ‘You can ask him if there are any undesirable side effects, or if the medication is liable to react with your existing medication.’
    • ‘Why is he mixing socially undesirable types with his household and friends?’
    • ‘If project bosses get the money, undesirable homes will be renovated or demolished and new ones would be built.’
    • ‘Of course in practice, all substances produce both desirable and undesirable effects.’
    • ‘Its location, just off the main drag, means that undesirable characters sometimes show up at closing time.’
    • ‘There is a perception that this would bring people from outside the area and that they may be undesirable clientele.’
    unpleasant, disagreeable, nasty, unacceptable, unwelcome, unwanted, unwished-for, unenviable, unappealing
    unpleasant, disagreeable, distasteful, displeasing, unacceptable, off-putting, obnoxious
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  • A person considered to be objectionable in some way.

    ‘how could she go around with such undesirables?’
    • ‘The whole area is full of hard-working families who simply wish to continue to live without fear, and certainly do not want their children and grandchildren to be mixing with these undesirables.’
    • ‘If she had known that her next-door neighbour was going to be offering undesirables a roof over their heads, she would not have moved there in the first place.’
    • ‘They say they must be at King William School to protect their children from possible undesirables and would be only too happy to use local car parks at a special rate.’
    • ‘However, if it is made to look nice then it will attract the right kind of people and not undesirables.’
    • ‘She couldn't stop laughing which was quite good because when she did stop laughing she went all serious and ranted on a bit about undesirables ruining the festival.’
    • ‘They know that muggers, burglars and all the other undesirables they want released as a matter of course are going to vote for anyone offering them a get out of jail free card.’
    • ‘Neighbourhood Watch is of course synonymous with the bright yellow stickers displayed in windows and on lamp posts to ward off undesirables.’
    • ‘Police and local authorities, in response to complaints, would also have the power to designate public areas as places where undesirables gather, as well as order them away even if no offence was committed.’
    • ‘This type of establishment could only attract even more undesirables into the area.’
    • ‘In doing so, he allayed many of his wealthy constituents' fears of undesirables invading their neighborhoods.’
    • ‘We all must continue to send the message that Australia does not want the undesirables and will always reserve the right to decide who can come and who can stay.’
    • ‘Although some worried that the facility would bring undesirables to the community, few have complaints today.’
    • ‘I was swanning around a coffee shop in the mall the other day with good friends Simon and Bradley, sipping lattes and commenting derogatorily on the undesirables that were filing past.’
    • ‘Shrubs have been cut back to deprive undesirables of hiding places, the first of several vandal-proof benches have been installed, and there are moves to make the lavatories accessible only from the street.’
    • ‘Passengers will be kept informed by some of the most modern electronic systems available and increased 24-hour security will keep out undesirables.’
    • ‘Still, it was generally agreed that it was my fault, as if I didn't have a pretty daughter then the kind of undesirables she so wantonly attracted wouldn't have been in our street.’
    • ‘But the protesters said they did not allow their dogs to mess up the areas where there were children and claimed that the new play area had attracted undesirables to the field.’
    • ‘Also the claim that the hostel is full of drug users and undesirables is completely false as many of the residents are young parents with babies or young families with small children.’
    • ‘The spectre of public drinking, in your face stuff, groups of undesirables blocking doorways and paths, shouting abuse at passers-by, is again becoming the norm.’
    • ‘That the church door will remain locked until the conclusion of the service is merely a precautionary measure to prevent undesirables from entering.’
    despicable people, despicable person, rabble, riff-raff, refuse, garbage, trash, vermin, good-for-nothing, good-for-nothings, undesirable, undesirables, the lowest of the low, the dregs of society
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