dis·​agree·​able | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈgrē-ə-bəl How to pronounce disagreeable (audio) \

Definition of disagreeable

1 : causing discomfort : unpleasant, offensive a disagreeable odor
2 : marked by ill temper : peevish a disagreeable person

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Other Words from disagreeable

disagreeableness noun
disagreeably \ ˌdis-​ə-​ˈgrē-​ə-​blē How to pronounce disagreeable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of disagreeable in a Sentence

The medicine had a disagreeable taste. the disagreeable odor of the garbage I've never known her to be so disagreeable.
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Recent Examples on the Web Shepard, a Navy ace who would one day walk on the moon, isn’t the only disagreeable character among the team of military fliers drafted by NASA in its effort to play catch-up with the Soviets. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘The Right Stuff’ Review: A Space Race Re-Entry," 8 Oct. 2020 Talking to children about political issues is also a way to teach your family’s values, such as being kind to others, no matter how disagreeable someone is. Cassandra Spratling, National Geographic, "Talking to kids about the election," 29 Sep. 2020 Being disagreeable just didn't seem to get people into positions of authority. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Empirical evidence that nice people don’t always finish last," 1 Sep. 2020 These actions seem to declare that the despised person is not worth looking at or is disagreeable to behold. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "Night and Day," 26 Aug. 2020 Americans are rather more capable of (in this sense) being disagreeable than Canadians, who are renowned for their politeness and conformity. Philip Cross, National Review, "What Canada’s Response to the Pandemic Says about Canada — and the U.S.," 12 Aug. 2020 All the different types of blood have agreeable and disagreeable qualities, but type A is associated with higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, according the National Institutes of Health. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "If you have this blood type, studies show you’re at higher risk for the coronavirus," 9 July 2020 Senator Dianne Feinstein, for example, and Representative Richard Neal—who came of age when backslapping cross-party legislative compromise was normal, and for whom negative partisan branding would be an alien and disagreeable concept. Joseph O’neill, The New York Review of Books, "Brand New Dems?," 29 Apr. 2020 Since then, her mother has become more disagreeable and lost some mobility. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "Demand for In-Home Care Rises During Coronavirus," 27 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of disagreeable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Disagreeable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disagreeable. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disagreeable

: not pleasing : unpleasant or offensive
of a person : difficult to deal with : easily angered or annoyed


dis·​agree·​able | \ ˌdi-sə-ˈgrē-ə-bəl How to pronounce disagreeable (audio) \

Kids Definition of disagreeable

1 : unpleasant a disagreeable taste
2 : difficult to get along with

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