undesirable


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un·de·sir·a·ble

 (ŭn′dĭ-zīr′ə-bəl)
adj.
1. Not likely to please; objectionable: undesirable intrusions.
2. Not wanted: undesirable aliens.
n.
A person regarded as undesirable: "men tentatively regarded as scoundrels—or at least as undesirables" (New York).

un′de·sir′a·bil′i·ty n.
un′de·sir′a·bly adv.

undesirable

(ˌʌndɪˈzaɪərəbəl)
adj
not desirable or pleasant; objectionable
n
a person or thing that is considered undesirable
ˌundeˌsiraˈbility, ˌundeˈsirableness n
ˌundeˈsirably adv

un•de•sir•a•ble

(ˌʌn dɪˈzaɪər ə bəl)

adj.
1. not desirable or attractive; objectionable.
n.
2. an undesirable person or thing.
[1660–70]
un`de•sir`a•bil′i•ty, n.
un`de•sir′a•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.undesirable - one whose presence is undesirableundesirable - one whose presence is undesirable; "rounding up vagrants and drunks and other undesirables"
unwelcome person, persona non grata - a person who for some reason is not wanted or welcome
Adj.1.undesirable - not wanted; "undesirable impurities in steel"; "legislation excluding undesirable aliens";"removed the unwanted vegetation"
hateful - evoking or deserving hatred; "no vice is universally as hateful as ingratitude"- Joseph Priestly
unwanted - not wanted; not needed; "tried to give away unwanted kittens"
desirable - worth having or seeking or achieving; "a desirable job"; "computer with many desirable features"; "a desirable outcome"
2.undesirable - not worthy of being chosen (especially as a spouse)undesirable - not worthy of being chosen (especially as a spouse)
ineligible - not eligible; "ineligible to vote"; "ineligible for retirement benefits"

undesirable

undesirable

adjective
Translations
غَيْر مَرغوب فيهغَيْر مُريح، غَيْر مَرغوب
nepřijatelnýnepříjemnýnežádoucí
uønsket
nem kívánatos
óæskilegur
nepatīkamsnevēlams

undesirable

[ˈʌndɪˈzaɪərəbl]
A. ADJindeseable
it is undesirable thatno es recomendable que + subjun, es poco aconsejable que + subjun
B. Nindeseable mf

undesirable

[ˌʌndɪˈzaɪərəbəl]
adj [effects, consequences, behaviour, strangers] → indésirable
it is undesirable that ... → il n'est pas souhaitable que + subj ...
nindésirable mf

undesirable

adj
policy, effectunerwünscht; undesirable alienunerwünschter Ausländer, unerwünschte Ausländerin; an undesirable person to have as a managerkein wünschenswerter Manager; they consider her fiancé undesirablesie glauben, dass ihr Verlobter keine wünschenswerte Partie ist; it is undesirable that …es wäre höchst unerwünscht, wenn …
influence, characters, areaübel; undesirable elementsunerwünschte Elemente pl; he’s just generally undesirableer ist ganz einfach ein übler Kerl
n (= person)unerfreuliches Element; (= foreigner)unerwünschtes Element

undesirable

[ˌʌndɪˈzaɪərəbl]
1. adj (effects) → indesiderato/a; (behaviour, habits, friendship) → discutibile

undesirable

(andiˈzairəbl) adjective
1. not wanted. These pills can have some undesirable effects.
2. unpleasant or objectionable. his undesirable friends; undesirable behaviour/habits.

undesirable

a. indeseable, inaceptable, aborrecido-a, despreciado-a.

undesirable

adj indeseable
References in classic literature ?
We have thrown all the light we could acquire upon the portent, and would gladly, now that it has done its office, erase its deep print out of our own brain, where long meditation has fixed it in very undesirable distinctness.
They were not exactly popular favorites, but they did receive certain undesirable morsels from the more charitable housewives.
This, though very undesirable, would be no matter of agony to her.
She had found in her every thing that could tend to make a farther connection between the families undesirable.
I inferred from the methodical nature of Miss Skiffins's arrangements that she made tea there every Sunday night; and I rather suspected that a classic brooch she wore, representing the profile of an undesirable female with a very straight nose and a very new moon, was a piece of portable property that had been given her by Wemmick.
So unhappy was she that she spent all her time wondering how she should get rid of her undesirable husband.
A declaration of this nature would certainly have been harmless; so far as it would have had the effect of quieting apprehensions, it might not have been undesirable.
There was scarce a head man from coast to coast who would not heed the big Bwana's commands in preference to those of the hunters who employed them, and so it was easy to turn back any undesirable stranger--Bwana had simply to threaten to order his boys to desert him.
Norris's situation, and the improvement in Fanny's age, seeming not merely to do away any former objection to their living together, but even to give it the most decided eligibility; and as his own circumstances were rendered less fair than heretofore, by some recent losses on his West India estate, in addition to his eldest son's extravagance, it became not undesirable to himself to be relieved from the expense of her support, and the obligation of her future provision.
They, being withered and undesirable, do not, under certain circumstances, object to unveiling.
I reflected rapidly that if I knocked him over, chair and all, by a sudden blow from the shoulder it would bring about infinite complications beginning with a visit to the Commissaire de Police on night-duty, and ending in God knows what scandal and disclosures of political kind; because there was no telling what, or how much, this outrageous brute might choose to say and how many people he might not involve in a most undesirable publicity.
Anne felt that she did not belong to the conversation, and yet, as Captain Harville seemed thoughtful and not disposed to talk, she could not avoid hearing many undesirable particulars; such as, "how Mr Musgrove and my brother Hayter had met again and again to talk it over; what my brother Hayter had said one day, and what Mr Musgrove had proposed the next, and what had occurred to my sister Hayter, and what the young people had wished, and what I said at first I never could consent to, but was afterwards persuaded to think might do very well," and a great deal in the same style of open-hearted communication: minutiae which, even with every advantage of taste and delicacy, which good Mrs Musgrove could not give, could be properly interesting only to the principals.