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I was always good at math and science, and I never realized that that was unusual or somehow undesirable.
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Meaning of "undesirable" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF UNDESIRABLE

undesirable  [ˌʌndɪˈzaɪərəbəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF UNDESIRABLE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Undesirable can act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES UNDESIRABLE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

undesirable

Desire

Desire is a sense of longing or hoping for a person, object, or outcome. The same sense is expressed by emotions such as "craving" or "hankering". When a person desires something or someone, their sense of longing is excited by the enjoyment or the thought of the item or person, and they want to take actions to obtain their goal. The motivational aspect of desire has long been noted by philosophers; Thomas Hobbes asserted that human desire is the fundamental motivation of all human action. In Hinduism, the Rig Veda's creation myth Nasadiya Sukta states regarding the one spirit: "In the beginning there was Desire that was first seed of mind. Poets found the bond of being in non-being in their heart's thought". In Buddhism, for an individual to effect his or her liberation, the flow of sense-desire must be cut completely; however, while training, he or she must work with motivational processes based on skilfully applied desire. According to the early Buddhist scriptures, the Buddha stated that monks should "generate desire" for the sake of fostering skillful qualities and abandoning unskillful ones.

Definition of undesirable in the English dictionary

The definition of undesirable in the dictionary is not desirable or pleasant; objectionable. Other definition of undesirable is a person or thing that is considered undesirable.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH UNDESIRABLE


acquirable
əˈkwaɪərəbəl
adherable
ədˈhɪərəbəl
comparable
ˈkɒmpərəbəl
considerable
kənˈsɪdərəbəl
desirable
dɪˈzaɪərəbəl
durable
ˈdjʊərəbəl
expirable
ɪkˈspaɪərəbəl
hearable
ˈhɪərəbəl
hirable
ˈhaɪərəbəl
hireable
ˈhaɪərəbəl
meliorable
ˈmiːlɪərəbəl
perspirable
pəˈspaɪərəbəl
requirable
rɪˈkwaɪərəbəl
reverable
rɪˈvɪərəbəl
rewirable
riːˈwaɪərəbəl
steerable
ˈstɪərəbəl
transpirable
trænˈspaɪərəbəl
unhirable
ʌnˈhaɪərəbəl
unpeerable
ʌnˈpɪərəbəl
wirable
ˈwaɪərəbəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE UNDESIRABLE

undeservedly
undeservedness
undeserver
undeserving
undeservingly
undesignated
undesigned
undesignedly
undesignedness
undesigning
undesirability
undesirableness
undesirably
undesired
undesiring
undesirous
undespairing
undespairingly
undespoiled
undestroyed

WORDS THAT END LIKE UNDESIRABLE

able
admirable
adorable
favourable
honorable
honourable
incomparable
incurable
inseparable
measurable
miserable
parable
pleasurable
preferable
recoverable
tolerable
transferable
unbearable
venerable
vulnerable
wearable

Synonyms and antonyms of undesirable in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «UNDESIRABLE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «undesirable» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of undesirable

Translation of «undesirable» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF UNDESIRABLE

Find out the translation of undesirable to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of undesirable from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «undesirable» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

不受欢迎的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

indeseable
570 millions of speakers

English

undesirable
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

अवांछनीय
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

غير مرغوب فيه
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

нежелательно
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

indesejável
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

অকাম্য
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

peu souhaitable
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Tidak diingini
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

unerwünscht
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

望ましくない
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

바람직하지 않은
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Undesirable
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

không ai ưa
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

விரும்பத்தகாத
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

अवांछित
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

istenmeyen
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

indesiderabile
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

niepożądane
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

небажано
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

nedorit
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ανεπιθύμητες
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

ongewenste
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

oönskad
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

uønsket
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of undesirable

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «UNDESIRABLE»

The term «undesirable» is very widely used and occupies the 19.888 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «UNDESIRABLE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about undesirable

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10 QUOTES WITH «UNDESIRABLE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word undesirable.
1
Fredrik Bajer
As a result of my study, I came to the conclusion that a common supreme authority was undesirable.
2
Guy Burgess
Sometime they don't let you know that they know that they don't know everything, but the core of the medical approach is that you try to identify pathologies, which are subsystems within the human body or the larger system that are having undesirable consequences.
3
Adrian Cronauer
One of the things I learned in law school is that there's nothing wrong or undesirable or dishonorable or destructive about amending the Constitution.
4
Christopher Hitchens
My own view is that this planet is used as a penal colony, lunatic asylum and dumping ground by a superior civilisation, to get rid of the undesirable and unfit. I can't prove it, but you can't disprove it either.
5
Ivan Illich
School divides life into two segments, which are increasingly of comparable length. As much as anything else, schooling implies custodial care for persons who are declared undesirable elsewhere by the simple fact that a school has been built to serve them.
6
Walter Lang
In the beginning of the human race there was no genetic load which would cause undesirable traits such as appear in offspring of marriages between relatives today.
7
Marissa Mayer
I was always good at math and science, and I never realized that that was unusual or somehow undesirable.
8
Larry McMurtry
If we know anything about man, it's that he's not pacific. The temptation to butcher anyone considered undesirable seems to be a common temptation, not always resisted.
9
William Odom
In fact, it struck me when we invaded last year that if we did it without European and East Asian support, we were risking losing our alliance in Europe in exchange for Iraq, and that is a very undesirable exchange.
10
Ivan Pavlov
It has long been known for sure that the sight of tasty food makes a hungry man's mouth water; also lack of appetite has always been regarded as an undesirable phenomenon, from which one might conclude that appetite is essentially linked with the process of digestion.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «UNDESIRABLE»

Discover the use of undesirable in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to undesirable and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Desirable and Undesirable Characteristics of Offshore Yachts
Surveys trends in yacht design, discusses safety, modern construction techniques, spars, rigging, sails, and auxiliary equipment, and describes five good boats.
John Rousmaniere, 1987
2
Clinical guide to undesirable drug interactions and ...
Alphabetical arrangement of entries.
Solomon Garb, 1971
3
Temporal Distance and Intentions Toward Socially Desirable ...
Construal Level Theory posits that a decision on distant-future actions is more likely to depend on abstract than concrete features of those actions whereas a near-future decision is more likely to depend on concrete than abstract features.
Soe Yoon Choi, 2008
4
Mr. Undesirable
Each story contains a lesson in life, and it is up to you to decide what lesson they teach. Some of the stories are based on true encounters of the ghostly kind.
Scott Carpenter, 2004
5
Default in Today's Advanced Economies: Unnecessary, ...
This note summarizes the main arguments put forward by some market commentators who argue that default is inevitable, and presents a rebuttal for each argument in turn.
Mr. Carlo Cottarelli, Mr. Paolo Mauro, Lorenzo Forni, 2010
6
Undesirable Results of German Social Legislation
This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series.
Ludwig Bernhard, 2010
7
Root Cause Analysis: Improving Performance for Bottom-Line ...
During every seminar that we teach on this subject, we ask the students in class to write down their definition of an undesirable event at their facility. Just about every time, every student has a different definition. The fact is if we are going to ...
Robert J. Latino, Kenneth C. Latino, Mark A. Latino, 2006
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Defining America: Through Immigration Policy
CHAPTER. 2. The. Undesirable. Asian. The discovery of gold, a rice shortage, and the recruitment of Asian labor led to noticeable Asian migration in the nineteenth century, which in turn triggered a backlash against that migration. Examining ...
Bill Ong Hing, 2004
9
Physical Illness and Depression in Older Adults: A Handbook ...
Group Differences in Mean Numbers of Small Events Type of event Disabled Bereaved Controls School desirable .14 .25 .15 School undesirable .14 0 .01 Recreation desirable 1.51 2.13 1.83 Recreation undesirable .28 .11 .15 Religion  ...
Gail M. Williamson, David R. Shaffer, Patricia A. Parmelee, 2000
10
Foundations of Location Analysis
Undesirable facilities are those facilities that have adverse effects on people or the environment. They generate some form of pollution, nuisance, potential health hazard, or danger to nearby residents; they also may harm nearby ecosystems.
H. A. Eiselt, Vladimir Marianov, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «UNDESIRABLE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term undesirable is used in the context of the following news items.
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Russia warns US as NGO blacklisted
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), funded by the US Congress, is the first organisation to be labelled "undesirable" under a new Russian law. «BBC News, Jul 15»
2
National Endowment for Democracy is first 'undesirable' NGO …
Under legislation signed by president Vladimir Putin in May, the Russian authorities can shut down “undesirable” NGOs without a court order if the prosecutor ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
3
Under Kremlin pressure, 'undesirable' US charity pulls out of Russia
We have never supported political activities or other actions that could reasonably be construed as meeting the definition of "undesirable," MacArthur Foundation ... «Yahoo News, Jul 15»
4
Russia draws up first list of 'undesirable' NGOs to be banned
Russia's upper house of parliament has drafted a shortlist of 12 "undesirable" NGOs - including seven American organisations - calling for them to be banned ... «Newsweek, Jul 15»
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Russia's FSB to Help Compile 'Patriotic Stop-List' of Undesirable
The FSB, a successor agency to the Soviet-era KGB, will help the upper chamber of the Russian parliament prepare its list of foreign organizations deemed to be ... «The Moscow Times, Jul 15»
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Serbian journalist's name removed from list of undesirable people of …
Serbian journalist Slobodan Samardzija was included in the list of undesirable people of the Azerbaijani foreign ministry in connection with his illegal visit to the ... «Trend News Agency, Jul 15»
7
Russian lawmakers suggest labeling George Soros fund …
A law under which foreign NGOs can be put on "undesirable organizations" list if they are believed to be a threat to the constitution, defense or security came into ... «RAPSI, Jun 15»
8
Client alert: Russia passes new law on “undesirable” NGOs
The amendments allow prosecutors to declare an organization “undesirable” merely after a consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian ... «Lexology, Jun 15»
9
Japan top govt spokesman says excessive FX moves undesirable
TOKYO May 28 Japan's top government spokesman on Thursday repeated that excessive moves in foreign exchange rates are undesirable as agreed by the ... «Reuters, May 15»
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Laws on foreign-agent NGOs, on 'undesirable organizations' totally …
No equals sign should be placed between the law on foreign agents and the law on undesirable organizations, both of which are relevant, the Kremlin has said. «Russia Beyond the Headlines, May 15»

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