Definition of inhospitable
1 : not showing hospitality : not friendly or receptive
2 : providing no shelter or sustenance an inhospitable environment
inhospitablyplay \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
Recent Examples of inhospitable from the Web
Scientists once thought that people avoided such inhospitable regions until recently.
Enríquez tells charmingly—sometimes humorously—macabre tales of children gone missing, teenage girls experimenting with drugs, tragically lost loves, and hotels turned inhospitable.
If the water is inhospitable and if race rules allow, newcomers and many seasoned open-water swimmers choose to wear wetsuits.
Climate change turns out to be great news for mosquitoes, particularly the fearsome Aedes aegypti variety, now free to move into formerly inhospitable areas.
As for future lunar exploration, Duke, unlike Apollo 11 lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, is not a fan of colonizing the moon because of its inhospitable environment.
City workers landscaped the park with inhospitable, prickly plants.
A few years back, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s volunteer director gave me large Aloe plants that have thrived in a very inhospitable area of my yard with direct sun, sandy, rocky soil (preferred by most Aloe) and water runoff from the roof.
But the inhospitable climate hasn’t discouraged her clients from wanting in on the current trend toward seamless indoor-outdoor living.
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INHOSPITABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inhospitable for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of inhospitable for Students
: not friendly or generous : not showing hospitality He's inhospitable to strangers.
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