un·​lov·​ing ˌən-ˈlə-viŋ How to pronounce unloving (audio)
: not loving or affectionate
an unloving spouse
unlovingly adverb
unlovingness noun

Examples of unloving in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or that his fear of letting go can be traced to various traumas involving his unloving family and his loving but dead wife? Sara Holdren, Vulture, 2 Nov. 2023 Strays tells the story of Reggie (voiced by Will Ferrell), an adorable terrier abandoned by his unloving owner. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 18 Aug. 2023 The season also has Sam’s father (played by Mike Hagerty, who died before filming) away on a boating trip with his brother, and Sam’s unloving, unhappy mother in a nursing home. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, 11 May 2023 Daisy grows up in Los Angeles feeling hopelessly alone in the home of her wealthy but unloving parents, and as an adult is used by men, with only closeted disco singer Simone (Nabiyah Be) seeing her as a person. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 1 Mar. 2023 All this is just dirty talk to me, exotic entertainments for the unloved and unloving. Katherine Dunn, The New Yorker, 4 May 2020 Identifying these behaviours as fundamentally unloving is our first step to acknowledging their harmfulness. Janey Starling, refinery29.com, 10 Apr. 2020 As his unloving wife, Irene, Gina McKee is perfection. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, 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, 16 May 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unloving was in the 15th century

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“Unloving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unloving. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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