un·​pal·​at·​able ˌən-ˈpa-lə-tə-bəl How to pronounce unpalatable (audio)
: not palatable : distasteful
unpalatable wines
: unpleasant, disagreeable
raising income tax rates is politically unpalatableMary Rowland
unpalatability noun

Examples of unpalatable in a Sentence

pasta and honey is an unpalatable combination hesitated before sharing some of the more unpalatable details of his captivity
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Word History

First Known Use

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of unpalatable was in 1658

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“Unpalatable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpalatable. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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