or in·im·i·ca·ble

[ ih-nim-i-kuhl or ih-nim-i-kuh-buhl ]
/ ɪˈnɪm ɪ kəl or ɪˈnɪm ɪ kə bəl /


adverse in tendency or effect; unfavorable; harmful: a climate inimical to health.
unfriendly; hostile: a cold, inimical gaze.

Origin of inimical

1635–45; < Latin inimīc(us) unfriendly, hostile (see enemy) + -al1

Related forms

in·im·i·cal·ly, adverbin·im·i·cal·ness, in·im·i·cal·i·ty, nounun·in·im·i·cal, adjectiveun·in·im·i·cal·ly, adverb

Can be confused

inimical inimitable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inimical


/ (ɪˈnɪmɪkəl) /


adverse or unfavourable
not friendly; hostile

Derived Forms

inimically, adverbinimicalness or inimicality, noun

Word Origin for inimical

C17: from Late Latin inimīcālis, from inimīcus, from in- 1 + amīcus friendly; see enemy
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