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[uh-pee-ling] /əˈpi lɪŋ/
evoking or attracting interest, desire, curiosity, sympathy, or the like; attractive.
Origin of appealing
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see appeal, -ing2
Related forms
appealingly, adverb
appealingness, noun
nonappealing, adjective
nonappealingly, adverb
nonappealingness, noun
quasi-appealing, adjective
quasi-appealingly, adverb
unappealing, adjective
unappealingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • It can, however, be held by will to the unappealing, with the usual result of transforming it into a thing of interest.

  • The transepts are square boxlike protuberances, which link the choir with the nave in most unappealing fashion.

  • The risk of choosing for our symbol a mere arbitrary invention is that it should remain thin and cold and unappealing.

    The Complex Vision John Cowper Powys
  • The firmness with which the men mouthed their cigars made the lower part of their faces expressionless, heavy, unappealing.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • The altars, other than the above, are garish and unappealing.

British Dictionary definitions for unappealing


not attractive or pleasing


attractive or pleasing
Derived Forms
appealingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unappealing


mid-15c. as a noun, "action of petitioning a higher court or authority," verbal noun from appeal (v.). Adjectival sense of "attractive" attested by 1892. Related: Appealingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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