un·​friend·​li·​ness ˌən-ˈfren(d)-lē-nəs How to pronounce unfriendliness (audio)
: the quality or state of being unfriendly : hostility

Examples of unfriendliness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each of the 1,200 mainstream vehicles the ACEEE evaluates is given an overall Green Score that can be used to compare the relative environmental friendliness – or unfriendliness as the case may be – from one model to another. Jim Gorzelany, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 Researchers found unfriendliness of staff was also linked to speed and order accuracy, and therefore had the potential to impact companies’ bottom lines. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 10 Oct. 2022 Citing cryptocurrency’s environmental unfriendliness, Tesla abruptly rebuked Bitcoin as payment just 49 days later. Basemwasef, Robb Report, 2 Aug. 2022 The plastics industry was, and is, the symbol for everything uncool: an inauthentic material, the boring bourgeois business of making and selling it, all with a whiff of environmental unfriendliness. Kyle Harper, WSJ, 6 May 2022 After the check cleared, though, is when the bank lived up to its reputation for customer unfriendliness. Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2021 But for me, UnitedHealthcare’s moves underline, yet again, the inherent patient-unfriendliness of a $4-trillion healthcare system run primarily by for-profit corporations. Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1684, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unfriendliness was circa 1684

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“Unfriendliness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfriendliness. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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