Definitions

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  • adjective Not obliging; unhelpful, disobedient.

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  • adjective not accommodating

Etymologies

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un- +‎ obliging

Examples

  • A good many minor people -- hotel baggagemen, clerks, etc., tram conductors, policemen and the like -- will seem to you to be monstrously rude and unobliging.

    Recollections With Photogravure Portrait of the Author and a number of Original Letters, of which one by George Meredith and another by Robert Louis Stevenson are reproduced in facsimile

  • I immediately settled to start an agency for this object -- somewhat on the principle of 'Lady Guides' -- the full title being 'The agency for supplying Brothers to brotherless girls, or those with unobliging brothers.'

    The Idler Magazine, Volume III, June 1893 An Illustrated Monthly

  • It was the type of errand Christine was unaccustomed to perform and plainly foreign to her recognized duties; but it was difficult to be unobliging and refuse, so she took the letters and the list and departed.

    Blue Aloes Stories of South Africa

  • A tall fellow, growing a little stooped: silent, unobliging, unsociable; yet a good lodger in his way, in that he paid his rent, and never disturbed families below him with the carousals and other performances common to young bachelors.

    The Genius

  • As it was, she resolved to make one last effort to awaken her unobliging spouse to a belated sense of duty.

    Baby Mine

  • As it was, she resolved to make one last effort to awaken her unobliging spouse to a belated sense of duty.

    Baby Mine

  • Then West, still smiling, seized the unobliging youth by the shoulders, pinioning his arms to his sides, and pushed him away from the table and toward the door.

    The Half-Back

  • Patty watched one poor lady, who seemed to be travelling alone, and who continually inquired of the stolid and unobliging porters, "Do you speak English?" and invariably received the reply, "Non, madame; non, madame."

    Patty in Paris

  • 'Never mind,' H.O. said, 'they'll be sorry enough afterwards, nasty, unobliging things, because now they won't see the circus.

    The Wouldbegoods

  • I look back upon myself at this time as upon a cantankerous, ill - tempered and unobliging child.

    Father and Son: a study of two temperaments

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