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[uhn-in-vahy-ting] /ˌʌn ɪnˈvaɪ tɪŋ/
not inviting; unpleasant:
a region with an uninviting climate.
Origin of uninviting
1680-90; un-1 + inviting
Related forms
uninvitingly, adverb
uninvitingness, noun
unappealing, unattractive, disagreeable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for uninviting
  • On its own, the minimalist sofa can be somewhat stark and uninviting.
  • It rippled thickly in the bowl, dark and hot and uninviting.
  • For managers, vertical integration carries the uninviting prospect of forcing them to operate outside their comfort zones.
  • On the other hand, the role of students-turned-émigrés must also have looked uninviting.
  • Although the plumbing metaphor might sound uninviting, in fact the piece is a cheery paean to older age.
  • As he recalls it, he was put off from the start by the dingy, uninviting exterior.
  • But together their timbre is usually an uninviting shade of gray.
  • Make your home and property as uninviting as you can.
  • Description of job requirements and duties looks too dense and uninviting to read.
  • The road is stark and barren, uninviting to motorist and dangerous to pedestrians.
British Dictionary definitions for uninviting


not tempting, alluring, or attractive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for uninviting

1680s, from un- (1) + inviting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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