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appealing (adj.)

1590s, "suppliant, applying to a higher authority," present-participle adjective from appeal (v.). The sense of "attractive" is attested by 1854. Related: Appealingly.

updated on September 23, 2022

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Definitions of appealing from WordNet

appealing (adj.)
able to attract interest or draw favorable attention; "He added an appealing and memorable figure to popular American mythology"- Vincent Starrett;
the idea of having enough money to retire at fifty is very appealing
an appealing sense of humor
appealing (adj.)
(of characters in literature or drama) evoking empathic or sympathetic feelings;
Synonyms: sympathetic / likeable / likable
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