unloving

adjective
un·​lov·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈlə-viŋ How to pronounce unloving (audio) \

Definition of unloving

: not loving or affectionate an unloving spouse

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Other Words from unloving

unlovingly adverb
unlovingness noun

Examples of unloving in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All this is just dirty talk to me, exotic entertainments for the unloved and unloving. Katherine Dunn, The New Yorker, "The Resident Poet," 4 May 2020 Identifying these behaviours as fundamentally unloving is our first step to acknowledging their harmfulness. Janey Starling, refinery29.com, "Why You Need To Stop Looking For Love," 10 Apr. 2020 As his unloving wife, Irene, Gina McKee is perfection. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "Ten actors who shone even before they were stars," 28 June 2018 More darkly—and typically, in these sorts of cases—another psychologist blamed Jen and Danny, implying that Samantha was reacting to harsh and unloving parenting. Barbara Bradley Hagerty, The Atlantic, "When Your Child Is a Psychopath," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of unloving

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unloving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unloving. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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unloving

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unloving

: not feeling or showing love

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