American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Worth having or seeking, as by being useful, advantageous, or pleasing: a desirable job in the film industry; a home computer with many desirable features.
- adj. Worth doing or achieving; advisable: a desirable reform; a desirable outcome.
- adj. Arousing desire, especially sexual desire.
- n. A desirable person or thing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Worthy to be desired; that is to be wished for; fitted to excite a wish to possess.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Worthy of desire or longing; fitted to excite desire or a wish to possess; pleasing; agreeable.
- adj. worthy of being chosen especially as a spouse
- adj. worth having or seeking or achieving
“To feel and to know that you 'have everything that can make life desirable' is indeed excellent.”
“One variation on this theme would just be that the super-rich would tolerate a lot more risk in their investments than desirable from a social perspective, since they are immunized from risk by the fact they are so far past the point of significant marginal returns.”
“Such a change would allow for more competitive contracting in the longer term and may be desirable from the standpoint of cost effectiveness.”
“And positions in desirable funds probably won't be available at a discount for long.”
“Corporate Survey Sample Questions Please rate your overall impression of these (programs you are familiar with) EMBA programs, i.e. how desirable is a degree from the program?”
“Prices increase as more people are willing to spend more money in desirable locations.”
“Removing these distortions, and thus allowing investment to increase is highly desirable from the point of view of the country, he said.”
“A Senate that couldn't enact a law simply to require the disclosure of donors behind ads, as even the Roberts court in Citizens United said would be constitutional and desirable, is unlikely to vote against their political interests next year with a system that funnels public funds to their opponents.”
“So you are pushing that the reason cities exist and are desirable is because of the face to face contact?”
“Corner lots in desirable locations sold that winter for from ten to thirty thousand dollars.”
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Beautiful, attractive, well-formed
Ugly, unattractive, malformed
The present, the future. Goals, wishes, hopes.
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