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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That said, New York is an extremely inhospitable place for electric scooters. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Unagi is the $1,190 electric scooter you won’t want to share with anyone," 17 Nov. 2018 Using Kolbert's language, the new study shows that many of the Earth's larger land-dwelling species will find life increasingly inhospitable. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "It Will Take Millions of Years for Evolution to Replace What We Might Lose in the Next 50," 16 Oct. 2018 Clearly, this career path that once seemed so narrow and inhospitable to us is a real option now. Susanna Fogel, Glamour, "The Spy Who Dumped Me," 3 Aug. 2018 Some locations, including Cypress, cancelled youth baseball activities on Friday due to the inhospitable conditions. Andrew Turner,, "Home runs, heat do in Fountain Valley PONY against West Garden Grove," 7 July 2018 Practice defensive gardening to make your yard inhospitable to ticks. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "How to Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes and Ticks," 1 May 2018 Sure, the planet's surface is famously inhospitable today — bone-dry and hot enough to melt lead, with an atmospheric pressure 90 times greater than that of Earth at sea level. Mike Wall,, "Life on Venus? Why It's Not an Absurd Thought," 16 Apr. 2018 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

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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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