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 unpalatability (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

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But if Democrats select a nominee who is again unpalatable to many voters, as Clinton was, that could send anti-Trump Republicans and swing voters back to third parties again in 2020. Stuart Rothenberg, Twin Cities, "Stuart Rothenberg: How third-party votes sunk Clinton, what they mean for Trump," 6 Aug. 2019 The answer seems self-evident: Thorns, spines and prickles are plants’ defensive weaponry, making their most precious parts unpalatable — even untouchable — to big plant-eaters, like deer and other mammals. Quanta Magazine, "The Thorny Truth About Spine Evolution," 14 June 2017 Whether lawmakers will approve the plan is another question, as many of the core tenets of the governor’s proposal are politically unpalatable. Sarah Zimmerman, The Seattle Times, "Brown releases plan to offset rising school pension costs," 12 Apr. 2019 Dotdash also focuses on evergreen content that has enduring relevance, separating it from publishers that focus on news stories that have become increasingly unpalatable to advertisers. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "Dotdash, Riding Wave of Search Traffic, Acquires New Sites," 8 Jan. 2019 The plan is equally unpalatable to Northern Irish lawmakers in the pro-U.K. Democratic Unionist Party, whose support Mrs. May relies on for her slim parliamentary majority. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "British Parliament Gears Up for Crucial Brexit Vote," 6 Jan. 2019 Poland’s current government will likely face the unpalatable prospect of enforcing an unenforceable law and denying what the mainstream scholarly community has increasingly shown to be true: Some Poles were complicit in the Holocaust. Jason Wittenberg, Washington Post, "Yes, some Poles were Nazi collaborators. The Polish Parliament is trying to legislate that away.," 2 Feb. 2018 That vision of a Britain that’s partially in and partially out has proven unpalatable for the sizable purist Brexit faction within her own party, and impractical from the perspective of the EU. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Postcards From the Tory Wars," 10 Sep. 2018 This is the butterfly Eresia datis, one of the most remarkably variable species out there that mimics local unpalatable species throughout its range. Erika Trombley, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About The CW's Adorable New Show “Ready, Set, Pet”," 29 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of unpalatable

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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