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appealing

[uh-pee-ling] /əˈpi lɪŋ/
adjective
1.
evoking or attracting interest, desire, curiosity, sympathy, or the like; attractive.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
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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

unappealing

/ˌʌnəˈpiːlɪŋ/
adjective
1.
not attractive or pleasing
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Word Origin and History for unappealing

appealing

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.

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