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    Dislikeable vs unlikeable

    Hello everyone: I'm not sure about the opposite of the word "likeable". My first attempt was "dislikeable," but I see that the word "unlikeable" also exists. Any difference between them? Are they synonyms? Thanks!

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    Re: Dislikeable vs unlikeable

    There appears to be no real difference in meaning between the two, though, with 11 COCA citations, dislik(e)able is far less common than unlik(e)able (65); both are far less common than lik(e)able (954).

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    Re: Dislikeable vs unlikeable

    Synonyms then! Thank you..................

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    Re: Dislikeable vs unlikeable

    Quote Originally Posted by Intoarut View Post
    Hello everyone: I'm not sure about the opposite of the word "likeable". My first attempt was "dislikeable," but I see that the word "unlikeable" also exists. Any difference between them? Are they synonyms? Thanks!
    I'd say there's a difference. "Dislikeable" means that it is possible to dislike the person. "Unlikeable" means that it's not possible to like the person.
    That is, I see the words as [dislike]-able and un-[likeable].

    So, a person could be dislikeable, but not unlikeable - as I think most of us are.

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