inhospitable

adjective
in·​hos·​pi·​ta·​ble | \ ˌin-(ˌ)hä-ˈspi-tə-bəl How to pronounce inhospitable (audio) , (ˌ)in-ˈhä-(ˌ)spi- How to pronounce inhospitable (audio) \

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 How to pronounce inhospitably (audio) , (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 forest today just so happens to be in one of the most inhospitable places on earth. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Found in the Cold Mountains of Antarctica: A Warm Weather Lizard Fossil," 31 Jan. 2019 Winter is setting in, and the desert is getting even more inhospitable. Dara Lind, Vox, "The death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin in Border Patrol custody isn’t an isolated outrage," 18 Dec. 2018 That could include fertilizers and pesticides leaching into the reserves, Mr. Hallmann said, or insects drifting out of the reserves into nearby but inhospitable environs; however, the analysis doesn’t test these hypotheses. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Why a Decline in Insects Should Bug You," 8 June 2018 But these findings mean that there may be a few places where life forms need not be so extreme—and that even after the surface of a planet becomes inhospitable, there may be more than meets the eye going on just below the surface. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Mars May Have Enough Oxygen to Sustain Subsurface Life," 22 Oct. 2018 O’Rourke became more impassioned when talking about immigration, saying that the United States has become inhospitable to refugees and immigrants—ripping apart families and deporting young children. Matt Viser, Town & Country, "Why So Many People Are Betting on Beto O'Rourke," 26 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of inhospitable

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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inhospitable

adjective

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

inhospitable

adjective
in·​hos·​pi·​ta·​ble | \ ˌin-ˌhä-ˈspi-tə-bəl How to pronounce inhospitable (audio) , 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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