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Examples of inimical in a Sentence
received an inimical response rather than the anticipated support
laws designed to enhance national security that some regard as inimical to cherished freedoms
Recent Examples of inimical from the Web
These measures are both ineffective and deeply inimical to free expression due to the high risks of over-blocking.
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In inimical, one finds both a friend and an enemy. The word descends from Latin inimicus, which combines amicus, meaning "friend," with the negative prefix in-, meaning "not." In current English, inimical rarely describes a person, however. Instead, it is generally used to describe forces, concepts, or situations that are in some way harmful or hostile. For example, high inflation may be called inimical to economic growth. Inimicus is also an ancestor of enemy, whereas amicus gave us the much more congenial amicable (meaning "friendly" or "peaceful") and amiable (meaning "agreeable" or "friendly").
INIMICAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inimical for English Language Learners
: likely to cause damage or have a bad effect
: not friendly
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