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[dis-uh-gree-uh-buh l] /ˌdɪs əˈgri ə bəl/
contrary to one's taste or liking; unpleasant; offensive; repugnant.
unpleasant in manner or nature; unamiable:
a thoroughly disagreeable person.
an unpleasant or repugnant circumstance, attribute, thing, etc.:
Bent on being cheerful, he suppressed any mention of the disagreeable in our conversation.
disagreeables, the disagreeable aspects of a situation, course of action, etc.:
The pleasant features of the arrangement far outweigh the disagreeables.
Origin of disagreeable
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French desagreable. See dis-1, agreeable
Related forms
disagreeableness, disagreeability, noun
disagreeably, adverb
undisagreeable, adjective
2. cross, grouchy, surly, testy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disagreeable
  • We use the our fancy brain as an information filter, a way to block-out disagreeable points of view.
  • The theory of this is not entirely disagreeable to many.
  • It sort of depends on how you disagree, and on how disagreeable you are when you are disagreeing.
  • Philosophers are a contentious, disagreeable, lot by nature and training.
  • Pure n-Hexane is a colorless liquid with a slightly disagreeable odor.
  • While performing the essential functions of this position the employee is rarely exposed to disagreeable environmental factors.
  • Pure n-hexane is a colorless liquid with a slightly disagreeable odor.
  • Work requires moderate physical effort and involves some disagreeable aspects.
British Dictionary definitions for disagreeable


not likable, esp bad-tempered, offensive, or disobliging: disagreeable remarks
not to one's liking; unpleasant: a disagreeable task
Derived Forms
disagreeableness, disagreeability, noun
disagreeably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for disagreeable

c.1400, "not in agreement," from Old French desagreable (13c.), from des- (see dis-) + agreable (see agreeable). Meaning "not in accord with one's taste" is from 1690s. Related: Disagreeably; disagreeableness. Slightly earlier in same sense was unagreeable (late 14c.).

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