un·​lik·​able | \ ˌən-ˈlī-kə-bəl \
variants: or less commonly unlikeable

Definition of unlikable

: not having pleasant or appealing qualities : not likable an utterly unlikable character

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Some, such as Andrew Cuomo, a three-term governor of a large state, are so unlikable they aren’t even mentioned as contenders. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "The Odd Way We Announce for President Now," 17 Jan. 2019 Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images At least one top official in the Trump administration is worried about the 2018 Senate race in Texas — because Ted Cruz is so unlikable. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Top Trump official reportedly said Ted Cruz has a likability problem that could cost him his Senate seat," 9 Sep. 2018 Similarly, her best roles as an actress may often have been as hardened, even unlikable, characters. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "Celebrating a Film Pioneer at 100," 6 Nov. 2018 And fault-ridden Meg Murry — spiky, unlikable Meg Murry, who feels like a monster in her glasses and braces — is what makes the whole thing work so well. Constance Grady, Vox, "A Wrinkle in Time is a joyous celebration of its heroine’s anger," 29 Nov. 2018 That could be in part because the actors are so fully committed to these mainly unlikable twentysomethings. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Trapped in a studio apartment with 'Bad Jews'," 30 June 2018 That was certainly some plan; presumably the entire point was to make Melania seem like an amazingly uncaring and unlikable person? Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: Melania Trump Catches Flack for Her Jacket," 24 June 2018 There's a gruffness to its characters—the young farmer Johnny Saxby is, for much of the movie's runtime, downright unlikable. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "21 LGBTQ Movies Everyone Should See," 22 June 2018 Yet the series quickly takes on a life of its own, with an assortment of eccentric, almost uniformly unlikable characters, recalling that on TV, anyway, great wealth tends to breed a lot of high-class, outlandish problems. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Succession' spins media dynasty into juicy HBO drama," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of unlikable

1834, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unlikable

: not easy to like : not having pleasant or appealing qualities : not likable


un·​lik·​able | \ ˌən-ˈlī-kə-bəl\

Kids Definition of unlikable

: difficult to like

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