Definition of unpalatable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈpalətəb(ə)l/


1Not pleasant to taste: scraps of unpalatable food
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  • Where this turn of the story tastes unpalatable is the assumption that politicians win only by using muscle power.
  • However, if you find the taste so unpalatable that you don't drink it, then you need to do something to make it more drinkable.
  • During the first trial, we waited until the bird ate both items to make sure that each bird at least tasted an unpalatable prey item.
bitter, sour, rancid;
disgusting, revolting, nauseating, sickening, horrible, tasteless, flavourless, bland, insipid
informal yucky, sick-making, gross
1.1Difficult to put up with or accept: the unpalatable fact that many of the world’s people are starving
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  • This is a very difficult pill for families to swallow, but in this as in many other such cases, we will have to accept a very unpalatable fact: peace does not come easy.
  • And sometimes you have to choose between a range of difficult, even unpalatable, alternatives.
  • It was a report that challenged conventional views on Zimbabwe, an unpalatable story that raises difficult questions people don't want to hear.
disagreeable, unpleasant, displeasing, unattractive, regrettable, unwelcome, upsetting, distressing, lamentable, repugnant, nasty, horrible, dreadful, hateful, distasteful, offensive, objectionable, obnoxious, repulsive, repellent, vile, foul



Pronunciation: /ʌnpalətəˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • Many unpalatable prey animals signal their unpalatability to predators with conspicuous coloration - a phenomenon known as ‘aposematism’.
  • Despite their unpalatability, most of Gorbachev's proposals were included in the final resolution and a day later, in a move unprecedented in the USSR, Gorbachev's final address to the plenum was televised.
  • This manipulation severely diminished the possibility that the unpalatability of the moths affected birds' reactions to them.


Example sentences
  • And the filmmakers' willingness to provide love and money in a tidy package is why this film's sweetness ultimately and unpalatably overwhelms its bitterness.
  • From Dr. Johnson to Winston Churchill, it is the idiosyncratic individual who stirs their imagination, not some unpalatably abstract truth.
  • One is undeniably sweet, the other unpalatably bitter.



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