undesirable

adjective
un·de·sir·able | \ˌən-di-ˈzī-rə-bəl \

Definition of undesirable 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: not desirable : unwanted undesirable side effects

undesirable

noun

Definition of undesirable (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is undesirable

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Other Words from undesirable

Adjective

undesirability \ˌən-di-ˌzī-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
undesirableness \ˌən-di-ˈzī-rə-bəl-nəs \ noun
undesirably \ˌən-di-ˈzī-rə-blē \ adverb

Examples of undesirable in a Sentence

Adjective

The drug has some undesirable side effects. This may have undesirable consequences. Frankly, it's an undesirable and unpleasant job.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Heat has 11 players under contract for 2018-19 who are due $120 million (including a couple undesirable deals). Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "Josh Richardson says the Miami Heat has 'great pieces' to put around LeBron James," 13 June 2018 Little children are completely unconcerned about the state of the kitchen floor, and their coordination might propel ingredients toward undesirable locations. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "How to start teaching your kids to cook: an age-appropriate guide," 12 June 2018 Winemakers are starting to set up in Brittany, France's northwesternmost region, which previously was undesirable because of Atlantic wind, rain and lack of sunshine. CBS News, "How wineries from Oregon to France are adapting to climate change," 28 June 2018 Children’s tattling is often viewed as an undesirable behavior. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "Lots of kids tattletale - but maybe that's a good thing, study says | Charlotte Observer," 6 Apr. 2018 Vagrancy laws recast former black slaves as vagrants in order to control or eject them from places they were deemed undesirable. Dae Shik Kim Hawkins, The Atlantic, "An App for Ejecting the Homeless," 28 June 2018 Here on the ground in Israel, anti-normalization is quite undesirable. Eliana Rudee, Jewish Journal, "Palestinian and Israeli writers team up in new policy book," 26 June 2018 The better the filter, the less sediment there will be at the end, which adds a gritty mouthfeel to your coffee, which is undesirable to many. Jeffrey Van Camp, WIRED, "The 6 Best Cold Brew Coffee Makers You Can Buy," 22 June 2018 Approaching controversial, comprehensive legislation is generally considered extremely difficult, or undesirable, in an election year, and Republicans are vulnerable in the House this November. CBS News, "House won't take on immigration without Trump's support, after Trump expresses doubts," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Soon enough Como added bicycles and motorcycles and even random pedestrians to his list of undesirables. Steven Winn, SFChronicle.com, "A loving family remembers the zeitgeist of Como the dog," 2 July 2018 Rohingya, treated as undesirables in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar and denied citizenship, used to flee by sea by the thousands each year until security in Myanmar was tightened after a surge of refugees in 2015 caused regional alarm. Washington Post, "Rohingya refugees rescued after drifting at sea for 9 days," 21 Apr. 2018 The diversity lottery is full of immigrants picked by their governments, in order to get rid of undesirables. Bonkers. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Is the World Done With Liberal Democracy?," 1 June 2018 Rohingya, treated as undesirables and denied citizenship in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, used to flee by sea by the thousands each year until security in Myanmar was tightened after a surge of refugees in 2015 caused regional alarm. Zik Maulana, The Seattle Times, "Rohingya refugees rescued after drifting at sea for 9 days," 21 Apr. 2018 There, infertile women, resisters, and other undesirables (including a character played by Marisa Tomei) are enslaved and forced to clean up radioactive and toxic waste. Christopher Wallenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "How Elisabeth Moss and company plan to carry ‘Handmaid’ forward," 19 Apr. 2018 Rohingya, treated as undesirables in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, used to flee by sea by the thousands each year until security in Myanmar was tightened after an upsurge of refugees in 2015 caused regional concern. Washington Post, "Malaysia intercepts boat carrying Rohingya refugees," 3 Apr. 2018 Rohingya, treated as undesirables in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, used to flee by sea by the thousands each year. Fox News, "Expert doesn't expect new Rohingya boat people exodus," 2 Apr. 2018 But when applied to the mentally ill and other undesirables, the euthanasia movement became tied to the eugenics movement. Grazie Pozo Christie, National Review, "When Does the Right to Die Become the Duty to Die?," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of undesirable

Adjective

1667, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1883, in the meaning defined above

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undesirable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of undesirable

: bad, harmful, or unpleasant : not worth having or getting : not desirable

undesirable

adjective
un·de·sir·able | \ˌən-di-ˈzī-rə-bəl \

Kids Definition of undesirable

: having qualities that are not pleasing or wanted an undesirable effect

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