I. adjective Date: 14th century 1. having pleasing qualities or properties ; attractive <
a desirable woman
2. worth seeking or doing as advantageous, beneficial, or wise ; advisable <
desirable legislation
desirableness noundesirably adverb II. noun Date: 1645 one that is desirable

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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