un·at·trac·tive | \ˌən-ə-ˈtrak-tiv \

Definition of unattractive 

: not attractive : plain, dull

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Other Words from unattractive

unattractively adverb
unattractiveness noun

Examples of unattractive in a Sentence

an unattractive, awkward baby bird

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But many national security professionals see taking new detainees to Guantánamo as unattractive for several reasons. New York Times, "U.S. Transfers First Guantánamo Detainee Under Trump, Who Vowed to Fill It," 2 May 2018 The investors reckon Tata’s profit slump makes the deal unattractive. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Hello AMLO, EU Retaliation, Stocks Stumble: CEO Daily for July 2, 2018," 2 July 2018 As a now fully fledged England international, the prospect of sitting on the bench at Stamford Bridge is unthinkable, and the idea of more uncertainty via a new loan move is an equally unattractive. SI.com, "Why Chelsea's Plan to Loan Out England Star Ruben Loftus-Cheek Proves How Out of Touch the Board Are," 5 July 2018 Scroll down for 13 formulas that won't leave behind an unattractive white cast. Shammara Lawrence, Allure, "13 of the Best Sunscreens for People With Dark Skin Tones," 2 Apr. 2018 However, while debt may be unattractive, very few of us are completely debt-free. Special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "How much debt repels daters? - New survey shows average amounts that turn off suitors," 14 May 2018 The idea of beauty is subjective, but for far too long, beauty standards in America have alienated people of various gender identities, sizes, and ethnicities, leaving them to feel stigmatized or unattractive. Leanna Burton, Teen Vogue, "Modeling Agency Zandwagon Is Changing the Industry's Restrictive Beauty Standards," 22 June 2018 Failing schools also make the District unattractive to residents and businesses. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "Where the candidates for D.C. Council chair stand on the issues," 11 June 2018 Chris Retzler, who manages the Needham Small Cap Growth Fund, tried to buy a small-cap tech stock in February, only to find that trading was thin and prices unattractive. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Investors’ New Headache: It’s Getting Harder to Buy or Sell When They Want," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unattractive

1813, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unattractive

: not beautiful, interesting, or pleasing : not attractive


un·at·trac·tive | \ˌən-ə-ˈtrak-tiv \

Kids Definition of unattractive

: not attractive : plain

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