un·​pal·​at·​able | \ˌən-ˈpa-lə-tə-bəl \

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 \ 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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That could lead to politically unpalatable job losses. Washington Post, "China’s bravado belies worries over trade clashes with US," 5 July 2018 Another option is to spray repellents that make the plants unpalatable to rabbits. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Rabbits feasting on your garden? Wire fencing is your friend," 15 June 2018 Absent a successful diplomatic play, what’s left is unpalatable military options. John Bolton, WSJ, "The Military Options for North Korea," 2 Aug. 2017 One of the few proven interventions is unpalatable to wide swaths of the American public: reduced access to guns. New York Times, "How Suicide Quietly Morphed Into a Public Health Crisis," 8 June 2018 Even so, covering pirates’ expenses proved unpalatable to the UN bureaucracy, so Mr Steed quit in 2013 to continue his efforts from Nairobi, the capital of neighbouring Kenya, through an American charity called Oceans Beyond Piracy. The Economist, "A new approach to Somali pirates frees more hostages," 28 June 2018 Otherwise, consumers might not buy them because the tart, acidic berry in its natural form is unpalatable to most people. Alex Gailey, BostonGlobe.com, "A battle is happening over whether natural maple syrup has added sugar," 14 June 2018 And some readers will certainly find Reich’s conclusions unpalatable. Jared Diamond, New York Times, "A Brand-New Version of Our Origin Story," 20 Apr. 2018 Then Tyler Johnson's contract wound up with an unpalatable structure. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Do Heat 'chips' still have any value?," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of unpalatable

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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