un·​in·​vit·​ing | \ ˌən-in-ˈvī-tiŋ How to pronounce uninviting (audio) \

Definition of uninviting

: not appealing or attractive : not inviting a bleak, uninviting landscape an uninviting manner

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uninvitingly adverb

Examples of uninviting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The regularity of moments like these, some obviously racially rooted, others less so, made the Capitol’s gilded and marbled corridors feel like an uninviting and intimidating place to be a person of color. Ricardo Lopez, The New Yorker, "Minnesota’s Decades-Long Failure to Confront Police Abuse," 10 June 2020 The next option won’t be open until the following day and Autumn and Skyler, not having enough money to spend on a hotel, are only able to wander the cold, wet and uninviting city until morning. Lindsey Bahr, Detroit Free Press, "Unease of girlhood shines through in ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’," 2 Apr. 2020 For businesses open at night, the garbage mounds are uninviting obstacles standing between the storefronts and their customers. Azi Paybarah, New York Times, "Finally, a Plan for New York’s Sidewalk Trash Bag Mountains," 13 Mar. 2020 The devastation of their country currently makes return very uninviting, particularly for refugees in Europe, who live in relative comfort compared with their compatriots in squalid camps in Lebanon or Jordan. The Economist, "Syria’s war is drawing to a close. But the pain will go on," 5 Sep. 2019 In different hands, a space like that could feel cold and uninviting. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "So This Is The Secret to Making a Modern Home Feel Cozy," 8 Mar. 2019 Even conservatives are calling out Trump for uninviting Eagles Fewer than 10 Philadelphia Eagles players reportedly planned to show up for President Trump's ceremony to honor the Super Bowl champs. Editors, USA TODAY, "In life, Kate Spade made women feel beautiful. In death, she reminds us of pain unseen," 5 June 2018 One of the ideas residents stressed — and that Ambrose picked up on — is to open up the riverfront, which for decades has been uninviting. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "How a little-known Indianapolis developer got in position to land Amazon's HQ2," 3 June 2018 Beyond the cockroach, other seemingly uninviting spectacles include a 5-foot-long bloodsucking bedbug, a very hairy bumblebee, and deadly red scorpions. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "17 gigantic bugs have crawled into the Academy of Natural Sciences for 'Xtreme Bugs' exhibit," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of uninviting

1686, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uninviting was in 1686

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19 Jun 2020

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“Uninviting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uninviting. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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: not appealing or attractive : not inviting

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