Definition of 'desirable'
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Some of these genetic adaptations may be less desirable today. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Edwardian coins have always traded at a higher premium, but have recently become more desirable. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Britain has become a less desirable place for companies to invest because of uncertainty surrounding Brexit. Times, Sunday Times (2016)People with lots of cards will therefore appear less desirable. Times, Sunday Times (2007)This makes it desirable for me to have clean socks without holes. Times, Sunday Times (2008)These heavy goods are by no means the only desirable objects. The Times Literary Supplement (2011)This has become especially desirable as universities and employers demand increasingly prescriptive grades. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Surely a total ban will make cigarettes more desirable. The Sun (2014)It has become the most desirable of devices. Times, Sunday Times (2012)But care should be taken lest this desirable unity become stifling uniformity. MANAGEMENT: task, responsibilities, practices (1974)Brands such as these have become highly desirable during the watch boom of the past few years. Times, Sunday Times (2012)These less desirable firms pay a higher wage than firms that are cleaner or safer or that provide more pleasant working conditions. Microeconomics: Price Theory in Practice (1995)The name must refer to its desirable location, right? Times, Sunday Times (2013)The Secretary engaged to keep the sealed packet in safe custody for this desirable object. EMPIRES OF THE PLAIN: Henry Rawlinson and the Lost Languages of Babylon (2003)That's what makes a school desirable. Times, Sunday Times (2013)So, what makes a map desirable? Times, Sunday Times (2014)This could mean moving to a less desirable location or buying a property in need of work that you can do up over time. Times, Sunday Times (2010)A physical relationship with her was neither possible nor desirable. Christianity Today (2000)This is leading to sellers and landlords either selling at low prices, or letting to less desirable tenants. Times, Sunday Times (2008)From old primary schools to disused blocks of flats and old hospitals, these properties are often in desirable city locations. The Sun (2014)More than after any comparable killing there is now a sense in America that changes to gun control are both desirable and possible. Times, Sunday Times (2012)They are desirable objects - quite a feat in competition with the iPad. Times, Sunday Times (2011)It's not possible or desirable to build enough roads for free-flowing traffic. Times, Sunday Times (2008)A strong case would have to be made for demolishing it, but it is certainly both possible and desirable. Times, Sunday Times (2011)It has no previous information saying, for example, that round objects are desirable and square ones are not. The Descent of Mind - the how and why of intelligence (1990)
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Translations for 'desirable'
British English: desirable ADJECTIVE
Something that is desirable is worth having or doing because it is useful, necessary, or popular.
Prolonged negotiation was not desirable.
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