What does undesirable mean?

Definitions for undesirable
ˌʌn dɪˈzaɪər ə bəlun·de·sir·able

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. undesirableadjective

    one whose presence is undesirable

    "rounding up vagrants and drunks and other undesirables"

  2. undesirable, unwantedadjective

    not wanted

    "undesirable impurities in steel"; "legislation excluding undesirable aliens";"removed the unwanted vegetation"

  3. undesirable, unsuitableadjective

    not worthy of being chosen (especially as a spouse)

Wiktionary

  1. undesirablenoun

    an undesirable person

  2. undesirableadjective

    objectionable or not likely to please

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Undesirableadjective

    Not to be wished; not pleasing.

    To add what wants
    In female sex, the more to draw his love,
    And render me more equal; and perhaps,
    A thing not undesirable, some time
    Superior; for inferior, who is free? John Milton, Par. Lost.

Wikipedia

  1. undesirable

    Desires are states of mind that are expressed by terms like "wanting", "wishing", "longing" or "craving". A great variety of features is commonly associated with desires. They are seen as propositional attitudes towards conceivable states of affairs. They aim to change the world by representing how the world should be, unlike beliefs, which aim to represent how the world actually is. Desires are closely related to agency: they motivate the agent to realize them. For this to be possible, a desire has to be combined with a belief about which action would realize it. Desires present their objects in a favorable light, as something that appears to be good. Their fulfillment is normally experienced as pleasurable in contrast to the negative experience of failing to do so. Conscious desires are usually accompanied by some form of emotional response. While many researchers roughly agree on these general features, there is significant disagreement about how to define desires, i.e. which of these features are essential and which ones are merely accidental. Action-based theories define desires as structures that incline us toward actions. Pleasure-based theories focus on the tendency of desires to cause pleasure when fulfilled. Value-based theories identify desires with attitudes toward values, like judging or having an appearance that something is good. Desires can be grouped into various types according to a few basic distinctions. Intrinsic desires concern what the subject wants for its own sake while instrumental desires are about what the subject wants for the sake of something else. Occurrent desires are either conscious or otherwise causally active, in contrast to standing desires, which exist somewhere in the back of one's mind. Propositional desires are directed at possible states of affairs while object-desires are directly about objects. Various authors distinguish between higher desires associated with spiritual or religious goals and lower desires, which are concerned with bodily or sensory pleasures. Desires play a role in many different fields. There is disagreement whether desires should be understood as practical reasons or whether we can have practical reasons without having a desire to follow them. According to fitting-attitude theories of value, an object is valuable if it is fitting to desire this object or if we ought to desire it. Desire-satisfaction theories of well-being state that a person's well-being is determined by whether that person's desires are satisfied. Marketing and advertising companies have used psychological research on how desire is stimulated to find more effective ways to induce consumers into buying a given product or service. Techniques include creating a sense of lack in the viewer or associating the product with desirable attributes. Desire plays a key role in art. The theme of desire is at the core of romance novels, which often create drama by showing cases where human desire is impeded by social conventions, class, or cultural barriers. Melodrama films use plots that appeal to the heightened emotions of the audience by showing "crises of human emotion, failed romance or friendship", in which desire is thwarted or unrequited.

ChatGPT

  1. undesirable

    Undesirable refers to something or someone that is not wanted, unpleasant, harmful or likely to cause problems. It is often used to describe situations, characteristics, behaviors, or outcomes that are objectionable, unfavorable, or not appealing.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Undesirable

    un-dē-zī′ra-bl, adj. not to be wished for.—ns. Undesirabil′ity; Undesir′ableness.—adv. Undesir′ably.—adjs. Undesired′; Undesir′ing; Undesir′ous.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of undesirable in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of undesirable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of undesirable in a Sentence

  1. Michael Kugelman:

    For Washington, any scenario with Rajapaksa back in power - even merely as an MP - is undesirable.

  2. Ali Khamenei:

    The Iraqi government, parliament and current political activists in the country are undesirable for the Americans ... and they are plotting to remove them from Iraqi politics.

  3. Mike Hankey:

    Bright moon phases are bad for meteor showers as they wash out the dimmer meteors, a full or almost full moon dominates one part of the sky, making that part undesirable for observing meteors. The full moon also lasts the entire night, leaving no hours of complete darkness, which is preferred.

  4. Mayor Kirk Caldwell:

    Their living conditions are undesirable from not only their perspective, but also that of the people of the city who walk, drive, own a business, live in a house or attend a school next to them.

  5. Mayor Kirk Caldwell:

    I am also acutely aware of the many challenges faced by the people of the city who either are forced or choose to live on the sidewalks, in unsanitary and unsafe conditions, their living conditions are undesirable from not only their perspective, but also that of the people of the city who walk, drive, own a business, live in a house or attend a school next to them.

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