inhospitable

[in-hos-pi-tuh-buhl, in-ho-spit-uh-buhl]
adjective
1.
not inclined to, or characterized by, hospitality, as persons or actions; unfriendly.
2.
(of a region, climate, etc.) not offering shelter, favorable conditions, etc.; barren: an inhospitable rocky coast.

Origin:
1560–70; < Middle French < Medieval Latin inhospitābilis. See in-3, hospitable

inhospitableness, noun
inhospitably, adverb
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inhospitable (ɪnˈhɒspɪtəbəl, ˌɪnhɒˈspɪt-)
 
adj
1.  not hospitable; unfriendly
2.  (of a region, an environment, etc) lacking a favourable climate, terrain, etc
 
in'hospitableness
 
n
 
in'hospitably
 
adv

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inhospitable
1570, from M.Fr. inhospitable (15c.), from M.L. inhospitabilis (equivalent of L. inhospitalis), from in- "not" + M.L. hospitabilis (see hospitable).
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Example sentences
How rugged the pioneers must have been to conquer this gorgeous but
  inhospitable terrain.
But underwater, it's home to a surprising animal that has managed to survive in
  this inhospitable and unlikely habitat.
The spacecraft's travails highlight the difficulty of working remotely in the
  inhospitable environment of deep space.
One possible explanation was that the region may have had an inhospitable
  environment.
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