1. Worth having or seeking, as by being useful, advantageous, or pleasing: a desirable job in the film industry; a home computer with many desirable features.
2. Worth doing or achieving; advisable: a desirable reform; a desirable outcome.
3. Arousing desire, especially sexual desire.
A desirable person or thing.
de·sir′a·bili·ty, de·sira·ble·ness n.
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