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From Old French desirable.


  • (UK) IPA(key): [dɪˈzaɪ(j)əɹəbəɫ]
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desirable ‎(comparative more desirable, superlative most desirable)

  1. Suitable, worthy to be desired.
    This applicant has almost all desirable properties.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page vii
      With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get []



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desirable ‎(plural desirables)

  1. A thing that people want; something that is desirable.
    There are plenty of desirables on display in the window.

Middle French[edit]


desirable m, f (plural desirables)

  1. desirable