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[uh-pree-shuh-tiv, -shee-uh-, -shee-ey-] /əˈpri ʃə tɪv, -ʃi ə-, -ʃiˌeɪ-/
feeling or showing appreciation:
an appreciative audience at the concert.
Origin of appreciative
1690-1700; appreciate + -ive
Related forms
appreciatively, adverb
appreciativeness, noun
nonappreciative, adjective
nonappreciatively, adverb
nonappreciativeness, noun
overappreciative, adjective
overappreciatively, adverb
overappreciativeness, noun
unappreciative, adjective
unappreciatively, adverb
unappreciativeness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unappreciative
  • Then there are some people that are totally unappreciative.
  • My biggest fear is to appear ungrateful and unappreciative of such gracious hosts.
  • If so, his countrymen seem grudgingly unappreciative.
  • To my mind they were being wasteful and unappreciative.
  • Rudeness of city employees due to unappreciative public.
  • And, in both cases, the policyholder is likely to be quite unappreciative.
  • Those who did not may have been unappreciative of the significance of the safety upgrades required for the special permits.
  • And you do not forget those days, and you are not unappreciative of the fact that on the whole the mixture is rich.
  • He was unappreciative of the artistic revolutionary activity near him.
British Dictionary definitions for unappreciative


/əˈpriːʃɪətɪv; -ʃə-/
feeling, expressing, or capable of appreciation
Derived Forms
appreciatively, appreciatorily, adverb
appreciativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unappreciative

1834, from un- (1) "not" + appreciative. Related: Unappreciatively; unappreciativeness.



1650s (implied in appreciatively); see appreciate + -ive. Related: Appreciativeness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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