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  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈpiː.lɪŋ/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ʌˈpi.əl.ɪŋ/, /əˈpi.lɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -iːlɪŋ


appealing (comparative more appealing, superlative most appealing)

  1. Having appeal; attractive.
    • 1968, Carl Ruhen, The Key Club, Sydney: Scripts, page 12:
      Her housecoat had fallen open. She was wearing only panties and bra, which did nothing to make her scrawny, wrinkled body appealing.
    • 2012 January, Michael Riordan, “Tackling Infinity”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 1, archived from the original on 30 April 2013, page 86:
      Some of the most beautiful and thus appealing physical theories, including quantum electrodynamics and quantum gravity, have been dogged for decades by infinities that erupt when theorists try to prod their calculations into new domains. Getting rid of these nagging infinities has probably occupied far more effort than was spent in originating the theories.
    • 2012 September 7, Dominic Fifield, “England start World Cup campaign with five-goal romp against Moldova”, in The Guardian[2]:
      Those were all landmark moments to cherish. Just as appealing was the manner in which Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Milner cut swathes down either flank, albeit through flustered full-backs who had looked poorly positioned and horribly jittery from the start.


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  1. present participle and gerund of appeal


appealing (plural appealings)

  1. The act of making an appeal.
    • 1866, Heros von Borcke, Memoirs of the Confederate War for independence:
      The fair creature abandoned her position, and in the midst of her bitter tears and pathetic appealings, which my sense of duty alone enabled me to resist, I bore my prisoner off.