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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

  • 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



undesirable (plural undesirables)

  1. an undesirable person


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