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.
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undesirable

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

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undesirable

adjective
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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
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undesirable

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

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

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

a. indeseable, inaceptable, aborrecido-a, despreciado-a.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

undesirable

adj indeseable
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References in classic literature ?
They were not exactly popular favorites, but they did receive certain undesirable morsels from the more charitable housewives.
"I suppose you've received information, by bush-telegraph, that that third assistant understrapper and ex-sailorman at Tulagi is going to deport me as an undesirable immigrant."
Requests her to consider whether his sister-in-law's view and his niece's view in collision, may not lead to very undesirable domestic results; and leaves her to take the course which seems best to herself under those circumstances.--Second message delivered textually.
Monsieur Stangerson did not know of his identity with Ballmeyer; he learned that the man was simply undesirable for his daughter.
Among other things, he considered it undesirable to hurry his daughters to the matrimonial altar and to worry them too much with assurances of his paternal wishes for their happiness, as is the custom among parents of many grown-up daughters.
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.
Now when this strange tale was told to the King he became quite sad, not knowing what he should do to get rid of so undesirable a son-in-law, when suddenly a brilliant idea occurred to him.
Subconscious Self may have had an undesirable way of expressing itself, but there was no denying the truth of what it said.
Maggie in her crude form, with her hair down her back, and altogether in a state of dubious promise, was a most undesirable niece; but now she was capable of being at once ornamental and useful.
This, though very undesirable, would be no matter of agony to her.
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.
There had been nothing in her gay, frivolous life, her shallow ideals and aspirations, to fit her for that great change, or make the life to come seem to her anything but alien and unreal and undesirable. Anne wondered helplessly what she could say that would help her.