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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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Examples from the web for unappealing
  • Their distinctive spots and attractive colors are meant to make them unappealing to predators.
  • Souvenir hawkers, unappealing restaurants and crowds were a constant backdrop to our lives.
  • With the prospect of an unappealing, entry-level job on the horizon, life in college becomes increasingly idealized.
  • Someone should set up a fund strictly for the conservation of unappealing animals.
  • It's too late for that and many are stuck with unappealing choices.
  • The digitally collaged prints must be intentionally tinny and unappealing, but that tactic works too well.
  • They are shabby, the bathrooms rarely get cleaned, and the food is always unhealthy and unappealing.
  • But one consequence of this approach is to bring to the mobile business an unappealing part of the personal computing experience.
  • The idea that an opaque government might come to dominate global capitalism is unappealing.
  • Earlier research has shown that people defer tasks that are unappealing, difficult or expensive, which is no great surprise.
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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