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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Inhalers shouldn’t be an object used to signify that a person or character is weak, or uncool, or unattractive. Kate Gardner, SELF, "Please Stop Giving All Nerdy Pop Culture Characters Asthma," 24 Aug. 2018 The 'Everton Way' has been mentioned multiple times and ultimately, the unattractive style of play led to his downfall. SI.com, "Style Over Substance for Everton as Allardyce Gets the Sack Following Top-Half Premier League Finish," 22 May 2018 Elections can get nasty, personal, and competitive, and that can be unattractive to people without a special interest in politics, or really to anyone who doesn't want to get into the drama of the moment. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Who to Vote for in the 2018 Midterms: A Complete Guide to Figuring It Out," 13 Sep. 2018 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

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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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