un·​at·​trac·​tive | \ ˌən-ə-ˈtrak-tiv How to pronounce unattractive (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web If a democratic solution to China’s Hong Kong problem appears unattractive to Beijing, the alternatives may be worse. David Skidmore, The Conversation, "China can still salvage ‘one country, two systems’ in Hong Kong – here’s how," 6 Jan. 2020 Its leaves have gradually become cupped and rather unattractive. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Dying Shumard oak could have oak wilt," 20 Nov. 2019 Low interest rates—which are set up by the ECB’s own monetary-policy arm—continue to eat up banks’ margins on loans, hurting their profitability and making them largely unattractive for investors. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Europe’s Banking Regulator Paves the Way for Bank Mergers," 26 Jan. 2020 What kind of monster declares another human being unattractive? National Geographic, "The idea of beauty is always shifting. Today, it’s more inclusive than ever.," 7 Jan. 2020 As the lever continues downward and the bolt moves backward, the ejector (upper photo), the unattractive piece of metal visible in the breech, kicks the case clear of the action. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The four basic types of rifles: Bolt, Lever, Pump and Semi Auto," 7 Jan. 2020 Who would pay for these is an important question, for the $500m price tag involved is commercially unattractive. The Economist, "Tuberculosis kills more people than any other pathogenic illness," 14 Dec. 2019 Still, gearing up is an unattractive option when leverage is already high. Chris Hughes | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Budweiser’s IPO Failure Would Be a Big Strategic Blow," 15 July 2019 The Taycan's touchscreen user interfaces for things like the navigation and stereo are both visually unattractive and needlessly difficult to use. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Porsche's first electric car is pricey but insanely fun," 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of unattractive

1813, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unattractive was in 1813

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15 Feb 2020

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“Unattractive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unattractive. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce unattractive (audio) \

Kids Definition of unattractive

: not attractive : plain

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