in·hos·pi·ta·ble | \ˌin-(ˌ)hä-ˈspi-tə-bəl, (ˌ)in-ˈhä-(ˌ)spi- \

Definition of inhospitable 

1 : not showing hospitality : not friendly or receptive

2 : providing no shelter or sustenance an inhospitable environment

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Other Words from inhospitable

inhospitableness noun
inhospitably \ˌin-(ˌ)hä-ˈspi-tə-blē, (ˌ)in-ˈhä-(ˌ)spi- \ adverb

Examples of inhospitable in a Sentence

It's very inhospitable of him to be so rude to strangers. the proposal received an unexpectedly inhospitable response from the city council

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Gunjiya said the terrain was inhospitable and communications were poor. Fox News, "Overcrowded bus plunges into gorge in India, killing 48," 1 July 2018 And while Tamaribuchi says this isn’t a holistic picture of combat sports culture, MMA still is often an inhospitable environment for women and LGBTQ people. Emily Harger, San Francisco Chronicle, "Oakland fight gym opens its doors for all," 28 Apr. 2018 Some cities, notably the capital, Delhi, are perceived as inhospitable to single women. The Economist, "Culture and the labour market keep India’s women at home," 5 July 2018 For much of its recent history, this region of Kenya was inhospitable to all but a local tribe of herders with their goats and camels. Deirdre Fernandes,, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018 The World Cup is a spectacle that tests the body, coming at the end of a long season and taking place in summer conditions inhospitable to an endurance sport like soccer. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Annoying Genius Who Makes the World Cup Worth Watching," 5 July 2018 Not unlike an oasis in the desert, the Sand Valley Resort has sprung from an inhospitable landscape and is in the process of transforming a region. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: How Sand Valley Golf Resort is transforming central Wisconsin," 30 June 2018 Perhaps the only thing more torturous than trekking 600 miles to the South Pole, through some of the most inhospitable conditions nature has to offer, is watching your son do the same. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Father and son risk their lives crossing Antarctica to save the planet," 14 June 2018 Axial tilt is crucial for a planet's success, to the extent that an unstable tilt might have led to Mars becoming inhospitable to life. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Study Shows Exoplanet Has a Stable Axis Just Like Earth," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of inhospitable

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inhospitable was circa 1570

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English Language Learners Definition of inhospitable

: not generous and friendly to guests or visitors

: having an environment where plants, animals, or people cannot live or grow easily

: not ready or willing to accept or consider something


in·hos·pi·ta·ble | \ˌin-ˌhä-ˈspi-tə-bəl, in-ˈhä-spi-\

Kids Definition of inhospitable

: not friendly or generous : not showing hospitality He's inhospitable to strangers.

Other Words from inhospitable

inhospitably \-blē \ adverb

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