from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being desirable; desirability.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being desirable.

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  • noun The quality of being desirable

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

  • noun the quality of being worthy of desiring
  • noun attractiveness to the opposite sex


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desirable +‎ -ness


  • The sense, the inward feeling, in the soul of each believer, of its exceeding 'desirableness' -- the experience, that he 'needs' something, joined with the strong foretokening, that the redemption and the graces propounded to us in Christ are 'what' he needs -- this I hold to be the true foundation of the spiritual edifice.

    The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1838

  • That beauty for which can be substituted the word "desirableness," and that insignificant beauty which is the beauty of gems, were in great demand.


  • While away on my cruises on the bay, I took no drink along; and while out on the bay the thought of the desirableness of a drink never crossed my mind.

    Chapter 11

  • United States discovered its desirableness simultaneously.


  • And she was aware of pride in herself, in her woman's desirableness that had won for her so wonderful a lover.


  • My certainty in this matter was due, not to any exalted sense of my own desirableness to women, but to my anything but exalted concept of women as instinctive huntresses of men.


  • The harpooner suggested the eminent desirableness of a drink, and Scotty searched his pockets for dimes and nickels.

    Chapter 6

  • She deliberately demonstrated that she was desirable to other men, as he involuntarily demonstrated his own desirableness to the women.


  • And inasmuch as the pleasures are unalloyed by pains and the pains by pleasures, the examination of them may show us whether all pleasure is to be desired, or whether this entire desirableness is not rather the attribute of another class.


  • Such is my judgment, Lysimachus, of the desirableness of this art; but, as I said at first, ask

    Laches, or Courage


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