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[uh-pree-shuh-tiv, -shee-uh-, -shee-ey-] /əˈpri ʃə tɪv, -ʃi ə-, -ʃiˌeɪ-/
feeling or showing appreciation:
an appreciative audience at the concert.
Origin of appreciative
First recorded in 1690-1700; appreciate + -ive
Related forms
appreciatively, adverb
appreciativeness, noun
nonappreciative, adjective
nonappreciatively, adverb
nonappreciativeness, noun
overappreciative, adjective
overappreciatively, adverb
overappreciativeness, noun
unappreciative, adjective
unappreciatively, adverb
unappreciativeness, noun Unabridged
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  • The best water in California, but the author is unappreciative.

    The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52 Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
  • It was not only that the public was neglectful, unappreciative.

    The History of "Punch" M. H. Spielmann
  • What a pity that such a girl shouldn't have had a chance, should be wasted on some unappreciative chucklehead of her class!

    The Grain Of Dust David Graham Phillips
  • How unappreciative sisters could be of a brother's sacrifices.

    Talbot's Angles Amy E. Blanchard
  • Tessa continued to smoke and dance, posturing like a nautch-girl in front of the wholly unresponsive and unappreciative Monck.

    The Lamp in the Desert Ethel M. Dell
  • Yet this country has not been unappreciative of the larger aspects of Pan-Americanism.

    The Path of Empire Carl Russell Fish
  • That's how busted live college students with unappreciative dads can get in the spring.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • It must not be thought that I was unappreciative because I say this.

    Memoirs of an American Prima Donna Clara Louise Kellogg
  • Peter Carew of the Blues had been no shunner of women in those days; no taciturn, silent, unappreciative onlooker.

    The Rhodesian Gertrude Page
British Dictionary definitions for unappreciative


/əˈpriːʃɪətɪv; -ʃə-/
feeling, expressing, or capable of appreciation
Derived Forms
appreciatively, appreciatorily, adverb
appreciativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unappreciative

1834, from un- (1) "not" + appreciative. Related: Unappreciatively; unappreciativeness.



1650s (implied in appreciatively); see appreciate + -ive. Related: Appreciativeness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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