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1. 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.
2. Worth doing or achieving; advisable: a desirable reform; a desirable outcome.
3. Arousing desire, especially sexual desire.
A desirable person or thing.

de·sir′a·bil′i·ty, de·sir′a·ble·ness n.
de·sir′a·bly adv.




  1. Beckoning … like summer welcoming the swallows —Ariel Dorfman
  2. Cherish like a secret —D. H. Lawrence
  3. Dear as a pardon —Diane Ackerman
  4. Dear as a remembered kiss after death —Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  5. Dear as the mother to the son —Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  6. (She was … ) desirable … like a dessert. Afterward you discarded the empty plate and forgot it —Derek Lambert
  7. (Enigmatic remarks, as elusive and as) eagerly gobbled up as currants in a bun —Robert Culff

    See Also: ENTHUSIASM

  8. Hates (publicity) the way Polly hates crackers —Arthur Baer
  9. (Six years ago … the idea of spending an afternoon at Shea Stadium) held about as much appeal as your basic monster traffic jam —Malcom Moran, New York Times, October 11, 1986
  10. Like a box of chocolates … seductive and satisfying —Publishers Weekly comment on a short novel

    The simile expanded on the box of chocolates appeal with “Readers will want to devour it in one sitting.”

  11. Welcome as a corpse is to a coroner —Mark Twain
  12. Welcome as a dandelion in the bosom of winter —Josh Billings
  13. Welcome as a free tickets to a hit show —Anon
  14. Welcome as a letter from home —Anon
  15. Welcome as a visit from an old friend —Anon
  16. Welcome as happy tiding after fears —Thomas Otway
  17. Welcome as sunshine after rain —Anon

    A possible inspiration for this: “Love comforteth like sunshine after rain” from Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis.

  18. Welcome as the best dish in the kitchen —H. G. Bohn’s Handbook of Proverbs
  19. Welcome as the flowers in May —John Ray’s Proverbs
  20. Welcomed it as a Bedouin in the desert welcomes the flies that are the herald of an oasis —Richard Selzer
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.desirability - the quality of being worthy of desiring
goodness, good - that which is pleasing or valuable or useful; "weigh the good against the bad"; "among the highest goods of all are happiness and self-realization"
undesirability - the quality possessed by something that should be avoided
2.desirability - attractiveness to the opposite sex
attractiveness - sexual allure
sultriness - the quality of expressing or arousing sexual desire; "the sultriness of her look was unmistakable"; "the sultriness of lust was in the air"


1. worth, value, benefit, profit, advantage, merit, usefulness the desirability of domestic reform
الرَّغْبه في الشَّيء
æskileiki; òaî aî vera eftirsóknarverîur
arzu edilir olma


[dɪˌzaɪərəˈbɪlɪtɪ] N [of plan] → conveniencia f; [of person] → atractivo m
the desirability of the plan is not in questionnadie pone en duda la conveniencia del proyecto


[dɪˌzaɪərəˈbɪlɪti] n
(= attractiveness) [person] → attrait m


nWünschbarkeit f; they discussed the desirability of launching the product in Julysie erörterten, ob es wünschenswert sei, das Produkt im Juli auf den Markt zu bringen; in his eyes this only increased her desirabilitydas machte sie in seinen Augen umso begehrenswerter; in order to increase the desirability of these housesum die Attraktivität dieser Häuser zu erhöhen


[dɪˌzaɪərəˈbɪlɪtɪ] n (allure) → desiderabilità; (value) → vantaggio


(diˈzaiə) noun
a wish or longing. I have a sudden desire for a bar of chocolate; I have no desire ever to see him again.
to long for or feel desire for. After a day's work, all I desire is a hot bath.
deˈsirable adjective
pleasing or worth having. a desirable residence.
deˌsiraˈbility noun
the extent to which something is desirable.
References in classic literature ?
She planned amusements to distract Meriem's attention from her sorrow, and she instituted a well-designed campaign to impress upon the child the desirability of civilized life and customs.
An ingenious compound of desirability and appearance.
Their halting steps acknowledged the desirability of engaging the cab; and they stopped simultaneously, and signed to it.
Lydgate's spots of commonness lay in the complexion of his prejudices, which, in spite of noble intention and sympathy, were half of them such as are found in ordinary men of the world: that distinction of mind which belonged to his intellectual ardor, did not penetrate his feeling and judgment about furniture, or women, or the desirability of its being known (without his telling) that he was better born than other country surgeons.
These deal with Nietzsche's principle of the desirability of rearing a select race.
But Gluck, in the last chapter, using barely three lines for it, mentioned the hypothetical desirability of trial marriages.
Research Question 2 asked, "Do the following factors affect principals' perceptions of their desirability for professional development: experience level of the principal, level of school (elementary, middle or high school), the percentage of minority children, the percentage of children with disabilities, the percentage of children with limited English proficiency, the percentage of children in poverty within the school's population, the school's current Title 1 funding status, and the school's current AYP accreditation?".
The desirability of a sparkling toilet and tub is evidently most important to established couples, empty nesters and senior couples.
Social desirability bias is a recognized challenge in market research, wherein a respondent may feel compelled to over-report good (socially desirable) behavior and under-report bad (not socially desirable) behavior.
Consistent with the previous studies (10, 17), the 13-item short version of the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale (20), known as the MC-C, was used to examine the influence of social desirability (the tendency to provide favorable answers to gain the approval of others), which can bias self-report measures and render the validity of the data questionable.
Adding to the knife's desirability is its 420HC guthook ring, as well as its handsome rosewood Dymondwood handle (inlaid into black rubber for a sure, comfortable grip) and genuine leather sheath.
On average, it says coastal locations are a marginal 5% more expensive than the surrounding area, yet this comparison "masks huge variations in terms of both desirability and price".