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[in-hos-pi-tuh-buh l, in-ho-spit-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈhɒs pɪ tə bəl, ˌɪn hɒˈspɪt ə bəl/
not inclined to, or characterized by, hospitality, as persons or actions; unfriendly.
(of a region, climate, etc.) not offering shelter, favorable conditions, etc.; barren:
an inhospitable rocky coast.
Origin of inhospitable
1560-70; < Middle French < Medieval Latin inhospitābilis. See in-3, hospitable
Related forms
inhospitableness, noun
inhospitably, adverb Unabridged
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  • How rugged the pioneers must have been to conquer this gorgeous but inhospitable terrain.
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  • 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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  • On the bright side, this was good news for local ocean life for a lack of oxygen would create inhospitable dead zones.
  • As the outdoors becomes more inhospitable, the longer the windows will stay closed.
  • In each case, differences in species were aided by the separation of populations that could not cross inhospitable habitats.
British Dictionary definitions for inhospitable


/ɪnˈhɒspɪtəbəl; ˌɪnhɒˈspɪt-/
not hospitable; unfriendly
(of a region, an environment, etc) lacking a favourable climate, terrain, etc
Derived Forms
inhospitableness, noun
inhospitably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inhospitable

1560s, from Middle French inhospitable (15c.), from Medieval Latin inhospitabilis (equivalent of Latin inhospitalis), from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + Medieval Latin hospitabilis (see hospitable).

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