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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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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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 Without curing and fermenting, a bitter phenolic compound called oleuropein makes the tiny fruits unpalatable. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "It Turns Out Olives Are Actually Fruits and Not Vegetables," 11 Dec. 2018 And the only way Trump and his White House could have messed up his VA pick was to select someone who was so broadly unpalatable that even Republicans would balk. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Trump all but kills Ronny Jackson’s ill-considered VA nomination with one final spectacle," 24 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of unpalatable

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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