un·​lov·​able ˌən-ˈlə-və-bəl How to pronounce unlovable (audio)
: incapable of inspiring love or admiration : not having attractive or appealing qualities : not lovable
an unlovable character
After a relationship ends, we tend to be very hard on ourselves and think that we are unattractive, unlovable, undesirable or an overall failure.Michelle Callahan

Examples of unlovable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This will be a core emotion like feeling unworthy, unseen, unlovable, unvalued, inadequate, insignificant, helpless, or rejected. Finnian Kelly, TIME, 8 July 2024 Affection deprivation can trigger negative beliefs about oneself, such as feeling unlovable, unwanted or undeserving of affection. Mark Travers, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Michael felt unlovable from an early age—one parent had deserted him and the other physically abused him. Kunlyna Tauch, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Aug. 2023 But work remains stubbornly unlovable. Jonathan Malesic, The New Republic, 21 Jan. 2021 Love lavishly, including those who are unlovable. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 24 June 2020 Similarly, a lack of thought in ‘loving’ gestures can make your affection seem saccharine and forced, making your partner feel small or unlovable. Mark Travers, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2023 The coda is almost always his unmasking, revealing the true, repulsive, unlovable face beneath the mask. Grant Sutton, Vulture, 28 Oct. 2022 For Black Americans, who are often already stigmatized as unlovable and undeserving of care, our communities’ lack of expansive intimacy also reproduces the rejection and denial many of us experience in mass society. Dr. Jenn Jackson, Essence, 12 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unlovable was in 1570

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“Unlovable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unlovable. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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