undesirable
I. adjective Date: 1667 not desirable ; unwanted <
undesirable side effects
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undesirability nounundesirableness nounundesirably adverb II. noun Date: 1883 one that is undesirable

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  • undesirable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not wanted or desirable because harmful, objectionable, or unpleasant. ► NOUN ▪ an objectionable person. DERIVATIVES undesirability noun undesirably adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • undesirable — adj. 1) undesirable to + inf. (it is undesirable to raise taxes at this time) 2) undesirable that + clause; subj. (it is undesirable that they be/should be present) * * * [ˌʌndɪ zaɪ(ə)rəb(ə)l] subj. (it is undesirable that they be/should be… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • undesirable — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ▪ make sth ▪ consider sth, deem sth, regard sth as, see sth as ADVERB …   Collocations dictionary

  • undesirable — un|de|sir|a|ble1 [ˌʌndıˈzaıərəbəl US ˈzaır ] adj formal something or someone that is undesirable is not welcome or wanted because they may affect a situation or person in a bad way undesirable effects/consequences etc ▪ The drug may have other… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • undesirable — I UK [ˌʌndɪˈzaɪrəb(ə)l] / US adjective 1) bad, or harmful The drug can have undesirable side effects. 2) someone who is undesirable is not trusted or welcomed, because people think they are likely to cause trouble or be involved in crime The two… …   English dictionary

  • undesirable — un|de|sir|a|ble1 [ ,ʌndı zaırəbl ] adjective 1. ) bad or harmful: The drug can have undesirable side effects. 2. ) someone who is undesirable is not trusted or welcomed, because people think they are likely to cause trouble or be involved in… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • undesirable — [[t]ʌ̱ndɪza͟ɪ͟ərəb(ə)l[/t]] undesirables 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe something or someone as undesirable, you think they will have harmful effects. Inflation is considered to be undesirable because of its adverse effects on income distribution …   English dictionary

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