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un- +‎ desirable


undesirable (comparative more undesirable, superlative most undesirable)

  1. objectionable or not likely to please
    • 1945 August 17, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], chapter 6, in Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, London: Secker & Warburg, OCLC 3655473:
      There would be no need for any of the animals to come in contact with human beings, which would clearly be most undesirable.
    • 2008, Mary E. Klingensmith, The Washington Manual of Surgery (page 327)
      Chronic venous disease includes cosmetically undesirable telangiectasias, varicose veins, venous ulceration, and claudication.
    • 2019 July 24, David Austin Walsh, “Flirting With Fascism”, in Jewish Currents[1]:
      [David] Brog spoke movingly of his immigrant grandfather as a triumph of the assimilationist model—a Romanian Jew who emigrated to America, learned English, and became a good patriotic American—but failed to mention that the 1924 Immigration Act was designed specifically to exclude Eastern European Jews (among other undesirable European ethnic groups) from entering the country.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Nouns to which "undesirable" is often applied: effect, consequence, result, element, change, person, substance, characteristic, quality, feature, behavior, activity, thing, event, reaction, state.


Derived terms[edit]



undesirable (plural undesirables)

  1. an undesirable person