Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not likely to please; objectionable: undesirable intrusions.
  • adj. Not wanted: undesirable aliens.
  • n. A person regarded as undesirable: "men tentatively regarded as scoundrels—or at least as undesirables” ( New York).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. objectionable or not likely to please
  • n. an undesirable person

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not desirable; not to be wished.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one whose presence is undesirable
  • adj. not worthy of being chosen (especially as a spouse)
  • adj. not wanted

Etymologies

un- +‎ desirable (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The label "undesirable" has been attached to this World War II veteran's military records for more than 60 years, simply because he was kicked out for being gay.

    Ian Thompson: The Demise of DADT

  • The idea that the U.S. government somehow created HIV to kill African-Americans, gays, and other what they call undesirable groups, according to this conspiracy theory.

    CNN Transcript Dec 2, 2004

  • "My primary concern is resources," said the commissioner, who blamed the economic crisis for keeping staffing at what he called undesirable levels.

    NYT > Home Page

  • How do we ensure that age or skin color or national origin or harmless mannerisms will not also become the basis for distinguishing the undesirable from the desirable?

    Paul Boden: The Quality of Whose Life? Part 2

  • Loss of the home/living in undesirable living conditions

    USATODAY.com

  • I've been skeptical at claims that PowerPoint dictates a certain undesirable structure upon it's users, but after working with a blog, I'm starting to think there may be something to that idea.

    Blogs as Presentation Tools

  • Was Rebecca wise to have a child knowing the odds her offspring would inherit certain undesirable traits?

    The Family Tree by Carole Cadwalladr: Questions

  • Thirdly, I would say that the attempt to introduce a market and to use competition as a means of increasing efficiency is not only not successful but has also had certain undesirable consequences because emphasis is put on balancing the books and meeting the bottom line when it should primarily be concerned with the quality of health care.

    Universality Under Siege

  • We might agree that certain behavior makes one person more undesirable than another but how do we ensure that age or skin color or national origin or harmless mannerisms will not also become the basis for distinguishing the undesirable from the desirable?

    Broken Windows

  • The music producer and former gang member who accused Shaquille O'Neal of being behind an alleged kidnapping by a criminal street gang was classified as an "undesirable informant" by the LAPD in early 2010, according to internal police records reviewed by The Times.

    News - chicagotribune.com

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