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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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 The previously sure-handed Ms. Cohen loses her grip on the narrative and, by sending Shelley on the road to redemption, loses faith in the appeal of an unlikable heroine. Joanne Kaufman, WSJ, "Summer Books: Beach Reading," 23 May 2018 Serena is such a complicatedly unlikable creature, an ice queen capable of both affecting softness and petty viciousness. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2: TV Review," 16 Apr. 2018 Mayor Rahm Emanuel, considered competent yet unlikable, is trying to hold on to the job handed to him on a platter years ago by Chicago’s ruling class. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "A break from politics after Tuesday? Get real. Rahm needs to find some votes," 20 Mar. 2018 Bradley emerged as a very smug and unlikable kingpin, who seems to be calling the shots for Old Naviti. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "Survivor: Ghost Island week 4 power rankings," 21 Mar. 2018

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1834, in the meaning defined above

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un·​lik·​able | \ˌən-ˈlī-kə-bəl\

Kids Definition of unlikable

: difficult to like

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