un·​af·​fec·​tion·​ate ˌən-ə-ˈfek-sh(ə-)nət How to pronounce unaffectionate (audio)
: not showing affection or fondness : not affectionate
lived with an unaffectionate aunt
an unaffectionate nickname
unaffectionately adverb
… the chronically tardy Metro No. 8—unaffectionately known as the "Late" … The Seattle Times

Examples of unaffectionate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in conversations with his long-suffering wife Louisa and his stern mother Abigail Adams, a less noble side of the man is laid bare: absentee husband, cold, unaffectionate father and inflexible, unlikable politician. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Oct. 2020 Seward says Diana told her about her ex-husband's unaffectionate childhood with parents Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, 21 Sep. 2020 Kyung, a Korean-American, grew up financially comfortable — surrounded by tutors, music lessons and other markers of success — but in loveless, unaffectionate surroundings. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, 11 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unaffectionate was in 1815

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“Unaffectionate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaffectionate. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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