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
Recent Examples on the Web Everyday Hong Kongers face an unpalatable choice between relocating to faster growing mainland cities, emigrating further abroad, or worsening life prospects at home as good opportunities in Hong Kong remain scarce and civil rights erode. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "The Hollowing Out of Hong Kong," 11 Sep. 2020 One by one, victims and family members took the stand, describing in unpalatable detail the horrors inflicted upon them by the former police officer. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Golden State Killer's ex-wife breaks her silence as the former police officer awaits sentencing," 21 Aug. 2020 The impact of extreme restrictions on manufacturing would be to substantially raise prices that U.S. consumers and companies pay, making this politically unpalatable. Kislaya Prasad, Fortune, "The Chinese and U.S. Internets are drifting apart. Why that’s bad for the whole world," 21 Aug. 2020 Sterilizing the monkeys is expensive, and culling them is unpalatable. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Do You Solve a Problem Like a Horde of Herpes-Infected Monkeys?," 26 Feb. 2020 The truth is that every plausible configuration of social media in 2020 is unpalatable. Jonathan Zittrain, The Atlantic, "Twitter’s Least-Bad Option for Dealing With Donald Trump," 26 June 2020 Other traditional garden plants like iris and peonies generally prove unpalatable to uninvited diners. cleveland, "Defeat deer with smart and easy landscape solutions," 4 June 2020 While this sample size is small, there is no obvious correlation between being an experienced player and finding Edge returnees unpalatable to vote for. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor favorites preview the Winners at War finale," 12 May 2020 Think of the back-breaking work of tomato pickers, the dangerous conditions at slaughter houses and what many would consider the unpalatable environment of large livestock-feed operations. Time, "'There Won’t Be Anyone to Harvest the Crops.' Coronavirus Travel Bans Squeeze Migrant Labor," 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of unpalatable

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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17 Sep 2020

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“Unpalatable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpalatable. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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