Is there a difference between unlikeable and dislikeable? It feels like there is, but I'm uncertain how to explain it.
Assume there are three states of fondness for something.
Disliking something is not the same as not liking something. If I don't like peas, I will eat them with no pleasure. If I dislike peas, I will actually find them nasty.
So, dislikeable is something that's easy to dislike.
Unlikeable is something that's difficult to like.
According to the definitions of unlikeable:
the difference would appear to be that an unlikeable thing is something you don't or can't like, and a dislikeable thing is something you could quite easily not like (but that you have no particular aversion to at the moment).
At first glance, it seems pretty straightforward. Unlikeable - 'Not likeable' (Not necessarily negative, just straddling the fence. Infrequent usage) Dislikeable - 'easily hated' or 'easily vilified'
Unless you mean the new 'unlike'-able, which is a sad result of the FB culture and not a real word.
protected by RegDwigнt♦ Mar 11 '13 at 14:18
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