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[uhn-pal-uh-tuh-buh l] /ʌnˈpæl ə tə bəl/
not palatable; unpleasant to the taste.
disagreeable or unacceptable; obnoxious:
unpalatable behavior.
Origin of unpalatable
1675-85; un-1 + palatable
Related forms
unpalatability, noun
unpalatably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unpalatable
  • Yet, with their constant use, it is surprising how often they are unpalatable from lack of ordinary care in buying or preparing.
  • But they are increasingly regarded as unpalatable buyers.
  • Many species have developed deceptive appearances to fool would-be predators by taking on the look of other unpalatable species.
  • And tasty viceroy butterflies are safe from birds because they resemble monarchs, which are unpalatable.
  • Terminal spikes of yellow flowers may be followed by small, unpalatable fruit.
  • And there's no reason why it all has to be so monotonous and unpalatable.
  • Other gauges of inflation also brought an unpalatable message.
  • Yet a number of fruits contain chemicals that vertebrate species find unpalatable.
  • The waitress found the description so unpalatable that she visibly shuddered, but said that she supposed they could do that.
  • She was able to mitigate its unpalatable nature with a savory cream sauce.
British Dictionary definitions for unpalatable


unpleasant to taste
difficult to accept: the unpalatable truth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unpalatable

1680s, from un- (1) "not" + palatable.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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