un·​ap·​pre·​cia·​tive ˌən-ə-ˈprē-shə-tiv How to pronounce unappreciative (audio)
 also  -ˈprē-shē-ˌā-
: not giving recognition or thanks for something : showing no appreciation : not appreciative
unappreciative of the film's cultural significance
spoiled and unappreciative children

Examples of unappreciative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the comic side, Stephen Graham and current Oscar lightning rod Andrea Riseborough are absolutely delightful as Matilda's horrible and unappreciative parents. Lauren Morgan, EW.com, 9 Mar. 2023 The underlying justification for their mastery of this bountiful, beautiful semi-tropic place was the conviction that their predecessors — native Americans, Spanish, Mexican — were unappreciative and undeserving, unlike the grateful and energetic Yankee. Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2022 The Leadership Development Institute’s research found that the most common behavioral triggers for negative emotional responses in the workplace were perceiving others as unreliable, unappreciative, micro-managing, abrasive, hostile, overly analytical, aloof, self-centered, or untrustworthy. Tony Gambill, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 As for Erin, at the start of the film her character comes across as one of the worst dramatic cliches: the unappreciative, nagging spouse. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2023 No one would blame you for ceasing your generous practices altogether for those relatives who are clearly unappreciative. Washington Post, 29 May 2021 The cautionary word, however, is that humans are prone to what’s called hedonic adaptation, which basically translates to a tendency to revert back to our old – and in this case, unappreciative – ways. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2021 Taking place in the mid ‘80s, the eight-episode show kicks off with the titular iconic band Los Prisioneros playing their sardonic protest songs to a rowdy, unappreciative crowd. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 29 Sep. 2021 Must have Section 230 termination, protect our National Monuments and allow for removal of military from far away, and very unappreciative, lands. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, 22 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unappreciative was in 1840

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“Unappreciative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unappreciative. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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