in|im|i|cal [ıˈnımıkəl] adj formal
[Date: 1500-1600; : Late Latin; Origin: inimicalis, from Latin inimicus; ENEMY]
making it difficult for something to exist or happen
a cold, inimical climate
inimical to
conditions inimical to development

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  • Inimical — In*im i*cal (?; 277), a. [L. inimicalis, fr. inimicus unfriendly, hostile; pref. in not + amicus friendly. See {Amity}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Having the disposition or temper of an enemy; unfriendly; unfavorable; chiefly applied to private, as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inimical — [i nim′i kəl] adj. [LL inimicalis < L inimicus, hostile, ENEMY] 1. like an enemy; hostile; unfriendly 2. in opposition; adverse; unfavorable [laws inimical to freedom] inimically adv …   English World dictionary

  • inimical — I adjective adverse, alienated, antagonistic, antipathetic, antipathetical, at variance, at war with, bellicose, belligerent, contrary, cool, cross, disaffected, estranged, harmful, hostile, hurtful, inimicus, irreconcilable, malevolent, mean,… …   Law dictionary

  • inimical — 1640s, from L.L. inimicalis hostile, from L. inimicus unfriendly, an enemy (see ENEMY (Cf. enemy)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • inimical — [adj] antagonistic, contrary adverse, antipathetic, destructive, disaffected, harmful, hostile, hurtful, ill, ill disposed, inimicable, injurious, noxious, opposed, oppugnant, pernicious, repugnant, unfavorable, unfriendly, unwelcoming; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • inimical — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ tending to obstruct or harm; hostile. DERIVATIVES inimically adverb. ORIGIN Latin inimicalis, from inimicus enemy …   English terms dictionary

  • inimical — adj. (formal) inimical to (actions inimical to the maintenance of friendly relations between our countries) * * * [ɪ nɪmɪk(ə)l] (formal) inimical to (actions inimical to the maintenance of friendly relations between our countries) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • inimical — adjective Etymology: Late Latin inimicalis, from Latin inimicus enemy more at enemy Date: 1573 1. being adverse often by reason of hostility or malevolence < forces inimical to democracy > 2. a. having the disposition of an enemy ; hostile …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • inimical — [[t]ɪnɪ̱mɪk(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ, usu ADJ to n Conditions that are inimical to something make it difficult for that thing to exist or do well. [FORMAL] ...a false morality that is inimical to human happiness. ...goals inimical to… …   English dictionary

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