unpalatable

adjective
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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Other Words from unpalatable

unpalatability \ ˌən-​ˌpa-​lə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unpalatable (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Both are examples of what makes politics unpalatable. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 26 May 2021 Monarchs lay eggs on the flowering plant and feed on its nectar, which also furnishes toxins that make the insect unpalatable to predators. Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Apr. 2021 Some congressional Democrats and mailing industry officials — traditionally odd bedfellows — find the service cuts unpalatable, and want the governors to replace DeJoy with someone who will not take as draconian an approach to cost cutting. Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2021 The idea of a wolf in the neighborhood might be unpalatable to some folks. Popular Science, 12 Mar. 2021 Forcing the city to wait another year would be unpalatable. New York Times, 7 May 2021 The idea of a wolf in the neighborhood might be unpalatable to some folks. Popular Science, 12 Mar. 2021 If interest rates do ever markedly increase again, the level of debt will strain the economy and force unpalatable choices on policy-makers of steep tax increases or spending cuts or both. Rich Lowry, National Review, 30 Apr. 2021 The prospect of shipping hundreds of thousands of doses from Italy, where infections are on a steep ascent, to Australia, which is recording a handful of daily cases, evidently proved unpalatable to Italy’s new prime minister, Mario Draghi. New York Times, 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of unpalatable

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Unpalatable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpalatable. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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