unpleasant

adjective
un·pleas·ant | \ˌən-ˈple-zᵊnt \

Definition of unpleasant 

: not pleasant : not amiable or agreeable : displeasing unpleasant odors

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unpleasantly adverb

Examples of unpleasant in a Sentence

I stopped taking the drug because of its unpleasant side effects. There was an unpleasant smell coming from the basement. The weather is so unpleasant here. I like the shop, but the staff are so unpleasant.
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While human encounters with buzztails are not infrequent, pets are more likely to have unpleasant encounters that can be costly to treat and sometimes with disastrous results. Ernie Cowan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "It's rattlesnake season in the county," 9 June 2018 Rumors erupted on social media after unpleasant encounters between residents and association members in person, and online. Kevin Riordan, Philly.com, "In one South Jersey town, alarm about hunting and worries about development," 25 Mar. 2018 While many women experienced unpleasant side effects and there were concerns about safety and reliability from the start, the drug proved unprecedentedly successful at regulating women’s menstrual cycles and preventing fertilization. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 Cox's style is a step beyond camp into a comedy of pure disgust; much of the film is churlishly unpleasant, but there's a core of genuine anger that gives the project an emotional validation lacking in the flabby American comedies of the early 80s. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Film / Music / Old Movies to Watch Now / On Video / Small Screen Urgh! A Music War and other punk and postpunk new wave cinema," 10 July 2018 Whereas a placebo is an inert substance that exerts a beneficial effect, a nocebo is an inert substance that exerts an unpleasant effect. Richard Klasco, New York Times, "How Many People Can’t Tolerate Statins?," 1 June 2018 Yet the cure brings unpleasant side effects, including problems with memory and concentration, and sometimes even other cancers. The Economist, "Germ-free children may be more prone to leukaemia," 24 May 2018 And the migraine community — those who’ve long relied on vitamins, repurposed drugs with unpleasant side effects, and Eastern medicine (or some combination thereof) to manage their symptoms — was thrilled. Katy Schneider, The Cut, "Why Did It Take So Long to Figure Out Migraines?," 22 May 2018 Taking certain oral antibiotics may come with an unpleasant side effect, according to new research. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Here's Another Reason to Avoid Taking Unnecessary Antibiotics," 12 May 2018

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First Known Use of unpleasant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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unpleasant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unpleasant

: not pleasant or enjoyable : causing discomfort or pain

: not friendly

unpleasant

adjective
un·pleas·ant | \ˌən-ˈple-zᵊnt \

Kids Definition of unpleasant

: not pleasing or agreeable an unpleasant smell

Other Words from unpleasant

unpleasantly adverb
unpleasantness noun

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