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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inhospitable mean? 

INHOSPITABLE (adjective)
  The adjective INHOSPITABLE has 2 senses:

1. unfavorable to life or growth
2. not hospitable

  Familiarity information: INHOSPITABLE used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

INHOSPITABLE (adjective)

Sense 1inhospitable [BACK TO TOP]


Unfavorable to life or growth

Context examples:

the barren inhospitable desert / inhospitable mountain areas


bare; barren; bleak; desolate; stark (providing no shelter or sustenance)

desert; godforsaken; waste; wild (located in a dismal or remote area; desolate)

hostile; uncongenial; unfriendly (very unfavorable to life or growth)

water-washed (washed or swept with water especially waves of the sea)

windswept (open to or swept by wind)


hospitable (favorable to life and growth)

Sense 2inhospitable [BACK TO TOP]


Not hospitable

Context examples:

they are extremely inhospitable these days / her greeting was cold and inhospitable


unfriendly (not disposed to friendship or friendliness)


hospitable (disposed to treat guests and strangers with cordiality and generosity)

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