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.
- Neither like nor dislike
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:
Adj. 1. unlikeable - (of characters in literature or drama) tending to evoke antipathetic feelings; "all the characters were peculiarly unsympathetic" 2. unlikeable - difficult or impossible to like; "a disagreeable and unlikable old woman"
Definition: easy to dislike
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.