Definition of desirable in US English:

desirable

adjective

  • 1Wanted or wished for as being an attractive, useful, or necessary course of action.

    with infinitive ‘it is desirable to exercise some social control over technology’
    • ‘A long half life would be desirable in order for it to be able to build up in all cells.’
    • ‘Accordingly, a large depth of field is a very desirable feature in binocular design.’
    • ‘Multicenter trials seem desirable for a rapid progress in this field of therapy.’
    • ‘Other desirable hybrid characteristics include good stalk strength and flexible ear size and number.’
    • ‘And carelessness is not a desirable attribute for an institution which is entrusted with children.’
    • ‘There is, today, a general recognition that price stability is highly desirable from an economic standpoint.’
    • ‘Obviously, the removal of a dictator by the people themselves is probably the most desirable outcome in these situations.’
    • ‘You could still be a kept man and still be socially desirable, not be a villain.’
    • ‘Designed to bring out the most desirable traits of two apples, hybrids lend versatility to the apple world.’
    • ‘England is not mentioned specifically as a desirable destination in this specific passage.’
    • ‘From a theoretical point of view it seems desirable to handle these three model components simultaneously.’
    • ‘Medicinal herbs are still deemed desirable, but flowers are not mentioned.’
    • ‘An experimental verification of the predictions of the theory would be highly desirable.’
    • ‘I have already mentioned why a white coat might have been a desirable characteristic.’
    • ‘Whatever happens, the least desirable outcome is for the people to show no emotion at all.’
    • ‘As a handgun owner, it's not the most desirable outcome we could have had.’
    • ‘And, as often happens, the satire was suppressed, making it more desirable.’
    • ‘Consumers wanted to be subconsciously influenced in a manner they considered desirable.’
    • ‘Secondary operations raise cost and are not considered desirable to cost-effective pricing.’
    • ‘Other factors, such as the enhanced capital gains exemption and liability concerns, also make incorporation highly desirable.’
    advantageous, advisable, wise, sensible, prudent, recommendable
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) arousing sexual desire.
      ‘she had never looked more desirable’
      • ‘There's a reason young women are desirable and old women aren't.’
      • ‘Roman writers often accused women of wanting to employ a wet nurse only for the sake of maintaining a sexually desirable figure.’
      • ‘Nicole laughed every time they went out at his inability to grasp the fact that he was desirable to the opposite sex.’
      • ‘The truth is many guys are doing all of the wrong things when it comes to becoming more sexually desirable to women.’
      • ‘The film's most desirable character uses sex purely to manipulate people and her eyes seem more dead than enticing.’
      • ‘I also did it to remind myself that I was desirable, that I could have any man if I wanted, that he wasn't the only man in my life.’
      • ‘Ninety-two percent of women said dependability is a desirable characteristic in an ideal mate.’
      • ‘He did not want to hurt her, but he did not want her to think she was not desirable.’
      • ‘I could appreciate she was somehow desirable, without really knowing why.’
      • ‘Was that because you find me desirable and would do as I compelled?’
      • ‘He proved that, although he looks a little like a shy physics teacher, he is in fact a passionate and desirable man.’
      • ‘You are an ice-hockey star, you manage to get a ring on the finger of a most desirable woman - but you tell no-one about it.’
      • ‘It features a model with a modest acting resume, and makes her the most desirable woman to have graced the screen in recent years.’
      • ‘The most desirable woman, the most interesting book, neither can hold his attention.’
      • ‘Anyone could understand why the world's most desirable women would date wealthy men.’
      • ‘You're a very desirable woman and I wouldn't be much of a man if I didn't try to make love to you.’
      • ‘In the 1950s a bosom was all-important, for as long as a woman had a bosom she was desirable.’
      • ‘All the hip hop and snide answers only make him even more childish and less sexually desirable.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the world's most desirable woman in tennis is struggling to improve her game.’
      • ‘By contrast, Elin appears to be in the spatial centre as she is a popular and sexually desirable young woman.’
      sexually attractive, attractive, beautiful, pretty, handsome, appealing
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noun

  • A desirable person, thing, or quality.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And if a little shopping's what you're after, the Exchange across the road offers off-the-peg designer desirables at affordable prices.’
    • ‘The problem is that the desirables are already hooked up.’
    • ‘Though… given I always end up with the cute but penniless ones… should I really have a waiter on my list of desirables?’
    • ‘From being an overlooked, conservative fail-safe, it's shot up near the top of the list of summer desirables.’
    • ‘Sausages were also high on the Swiss list of desirables, with six varieties - including one with cheese inside as well.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘State-of-the-art consumer desirables, content or tools, are accompanied with a prescriptive narrative of technological determinism; Buy now to think and act faster, cheaper, clearer and stronger.’
    • ‘The highly desirables will be ferried around in cars and put up in the fancier type of chain hotel.’
    • ‘It shows how difficult it is for both boys to achieve their wishes, either to spend the money quickly on consumer luxuries or desirables or, on the other hand, redistribute it.’
    • ‘Some of the finest footballers on the planet strut their stuff every four years, every two maybe if they are European, but besides genuine desirables there are others who inflict only misery.’
    • ‘Mirrors and bathroom scales aren't high on my list of desirables but sometimes you do need to check things out.’
    • ‘It simply means that those airports have to notify operators that standards do fall below desirables and those operators are aware of those noncompliances.’
    • ‘Since then, Jill has progressed to fancy restaurants, the real desirables, the ones where rich people take their rich spouses to eat rich delicacies.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

desirable

/dəˈzaɪrəb(ə)l//dəˈzīrəb(ə)l/