from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not pleasing to the taste: an unpalatable meal.
  • adj. Not pleasant or agreeable: unpalatable truths.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. unpleasant to the taste
  • adj. unpleasant or disagreeable

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not palatable, in any sense; disagreeable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not pleasant or acceptable to the taste or mind


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