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  1. contrary to one's taste or liking; unpleasant; offensive; repugnant.
  2. unpleasant in manner or nature; unamiable: a thoroughly disagreeable person.
  1. an unpleasant or repugnant circumstance, attribute, thing, etc.: Bent on being cheerful, he suppressed any mention of the disagreeable in our conversation.
  2. disagreeables, the disagreeable aspects of a situation, course of action, etc.: The pleasant features of the arrangement far outweigh the disagreeables.

Origin of disagreeable

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Middle French word desagreable. See dis-1, agreeable
Related formsdis·a·gree·a·ble·ness, dis·a·gree·a·bil·i·ty, noundis·a·gree·a·bly, adverbun·dis·a·gree·a·ble, adjective

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  1. not likable, esp bad-tempered, offensive, or disobligingdisagreeable remarks
  2. not to one's liking; unpleasanta disagreeable task
Derived Formsdisagreeableness or disagreeability, noundisagreeably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for disagreeable

c.1400, "not in agreement," from Old French desagreable (13c.), from des- (see dis-) + agreable (see agreeable). Meaning "not in accord with one's taste" is from 1690s. Related: Disagreeably; disagreeableness. Slightly earlier in same sense was unagreeable (late 14c.).

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