un·​pal·​at·​able | \ ˌən-ˈpa-lə-tə-bəl How to pronounce unpalatable (audio) \

Definition of unpalatable

1 : not palatable : distasteful unpalatable wines
2 : unpleasant, disagreeable raising income tax rates is politically unpalatable— Mary Rowland

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unpalatability \ ˌən-​ˌpa-​lə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unpalatable (audio) \ noun

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pasta and honey is an unpalatable combination hesitated before sharing some of the more unpalatable details of his captivity
Recent Examples on the Web That’s left public health officials in the U.S. struggling to convince people to make often unpalatable choices — skip Thanksgiving and Christmas with family, always wear masks in public — in order to curtail the spread of the disease. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "Portrait of a virus: How the perfect pathogen swept the globe and shut down our world," 31 Dec. 2020 But as has been the case for the past four years, Trump’s need for constant demonstrations of loyalty has rarely spared Republicans from fights and unpalatable dilemmas. al, "Senators fighting Biden win evoke precedent that gave birth to Jim Crow," 3 Jan. 2021 But as has been the case for the last four years, Trump’s need for constant demonstrations of loyalty has rarely spared Republicans from fights and unpalatable dilemmas. Los Angeles Times, "Nearly a dozen GOP senators say they will object to electoral college results," 2 Jan. 2021 The idea of prioritizing prisoners while limited vaccine supplies exist has been politically unpalatable to some leaders nationally. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "The biggest coronavirus outbreak in Alaska is unfolding in a prison. Will the incarcerated be prioritized for vaccines?," 15 Dec. 2020 That means more deals could be in store, even with many biotech stocks trading at bubble valuations that are unpalatable to buyers. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Big Pharma Passes Its Annual Checkup," 15 Dec. 2020 If a president today cannot come up with a qualified Cabinet 50 percent composed of women or nonconforming genders, this reveals something unpalatable about the person in office. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, "Joe Biden should appoint women to half his Cabinet posts. That’s not just fair, it’s smart.," 10 Nov. 2020 And the art, while covering a wide range of styles, never veers into the unpalatable. Andrew A. Smith Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, "Two graphic novel anthologies that deserve your attention," 23 Nov. 2020 This is unpalatable but something a President Biden would have to manage. Jerry Brown, The New York Review of Books, "The View from Colusa County," 3 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of unpalatable

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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21 Jan 2021

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“Unpalatable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpalatable. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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