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Definition of desirable adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(formal) that you would like to have or do; worth having or doing She chatted for a few minutes about the qualities she considered desirable in a secretary. Such measures are desirable, if not essential. The house has many desirable features. highly desirable desirable that It is desirable that interest rates be reduced. desirable (for somebody) (to do something) It is no longer desirable for adult children to live with their parents. opposite undesirable
  2. 2(of a person) causing other people to feel sexual desire She suddenly saw herself as a desirable young woman.
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noun [uncountable] (formal) No one questions the desirability of cheaper fares.
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