unpleasant

adjective
un·​pleas·​ant | \ ˌən-ˈple-zᵊnt How to pronounce unpleasant (audio) \

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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The Verge All this is unpleasant to read, but as a result of these controversies companies have begun constructing tools to combat problems of bias, and big tech firm like Microsoft are now openly calling for regulation of facial recognition. James Vincent, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: AI," 30 Dec. 2018 Police in Paraguay found an unpleasant surprise while inspecting their cache of weaponry. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Thieves Replaced Paraguay Police Rifles With Toy Fakes," 27 Aug. 2018 This side effect appears to be brief, but still uncomfortable and unpleasant. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "9 Keto Diet Dangers Nutritionists Want You to Know About," 2 Jan. 2019 Salmonella bacteria normally hang out in animal intestines — and now, scientists are using machine learning to identify which animal’s intestines emitted the unpleasant and dangerous bacteria. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Machine learning could help figure out what pooped on your produce," 12 Dec. 2018 The EcoSport's ride borders on unpleasant on poor pavement. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Review: Ford crosses over into the mini-SUV segment with tiny EcoSport," 19 Sep. 2018 Such virtue often aligns with unpleasant qualities, like toughness or astringency (read: kale), but (2) seaweed is delicious! Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Seaweed the Perfect Food?," 15 Feb. 2019 And never associate your recall word with an unpleasant activity for your dog, like nail trimming or bathing. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "This Abandoned Shelter Dog Rescued the Missing Son of Her Former Trainer," 20 Nov. 2018 They were thought to have been in pursuit of Bas Dost this summer, and were confident of securing a deal given the unpleasant situation surrounding Dost’s current club Sporting CP. SI.com, "Fenerbahce Considering an Approach for Leicester City Striker After Talks Stall With Bas Dost," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of unpleasant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unpleasant was in the 15th century

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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 How to pronounce unpleasant (audio) \

Kids Definition of unpleasant

: not pleasing or agreeable an unpleasant smell

Other Words from unpleasant

unpleasantly adverb
unpleasantness noun

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