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a good-natured and hospitable man
  welcoming — such as:
  • inclined to treat guests well
  • favorable to life and growth
  • open to new ideas or change
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Standard Prefix:  Note that the prefix in- means not for this word. This is one of the common meanings of the prefix in- as seen in incorrect, independent, inexpensive, inefficient, inconsiderate, ...

The word inhospitable is common. You may also encounter the expression, "less than hospitable" as in, "A less than hospitable environment for those who do not respect local customs."
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  • a good-natured and hospitable man
  • a hospitable environment
  • The human soul is hospitable, and will entertain conflicting sentiments and contradictory opinions with much impartiality
    George Eliot
  • soil sufficiently hospitable for forest growth

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  • ...and everyone felt at home at once, all were so hospitable and kind.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Eight Cousins
  • The city offers a hospitable business environment.
  • I lived near Victoria Station, and I recall long excursions by bus to the hospitable houses of the literary.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Moon and Sixpence
  • a hospitable act
  • Be hospitable to one another without complaint.
    1 Peter 4:9 (NASB)
  • My kind friends here are most affectionately urgent with me to prolong my stay, but their hospitable and cheerful dispositions lead them too much into society for my present situation and state of mind;
    Jane Austen  --  Lady Susan

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  • "Better to be without logic than without feeling," retorted Frances, who was now passing backwards and forwards from her cupboard to the table, intent, if not on hospitable thoughts, at least on hospitable deeds...
    Charlotte Bronte  --  The Professor
  • Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.
    Titus 1:8 (NIV)
  • He was very hospitable and jolly.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • And Bella and Yetta were too timid to mention it, too afraid of appearing inhospitable.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • I tried to be hospitable; and despite their severe appearance, the ladies were actually quite friendly.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • As soon as we have proof that the environment is hospitable, we’ll begin recolonization."
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • But they were real inhospitable, Junior.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • To Pearce, Arizona and the United States had become too hospitable to immigrants.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • How hospitable of you.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • They were a hospitable couple and they made a point (I feel for religious reasons) of offering hospitality to frightened or stranded foreigners.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • She was stunningly pretty and meltingly pleasant, and as I watched her depart, moving with easy undulant grace across the thick carpet of the room—which for the first time I perceived in all of its paneled, hospitably warm, book-lined, unostentatious luxury—my heart gave a heave: Why, instead of the floundering, broke, unpublished writer that I was, couldn’t I be an attractive, intelligent, well-paid Jewish urologist with a sexy wife?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • We could not stay here indefinitely, no matter how hospitable the monks.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • "Any one care for a little nip before we embark?" asked Mr. Davis hospitably.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • She’d never seen any woodlands this raw and inhospitable.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • Much more hospitable than Americans….
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Surely it is not the custom of Englishmen to receive strangers so inhospitably.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • They are very hospitable people, and I am sure that they would be very glad to see you.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • It might have lasted indefinitely except for the fact that Ella Kaye came on board one night in Boston and a week later Dan Cody inhospitably died.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Upon reaching New Bedford, we were directed to the house of Mr. Nathan Johnson, by whom we were kindly received, and hospitably provided for.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • They were hospitable and delighted in parties, and in presents, which they gave away freely and eagerly accepted.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • He’s extremely hospitable, and I think he really likes to see me.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • I do not recall how this ritual started, but, once it did, I was powerless to stop it, wary of seeming rude and inhospitable, or, worse, of appearing to think myself superior to my own kind.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • What with the military men, a number of rich young Englishmen on their travels, and the hospitable efforts of the purser, the time passed quickly on the Mongolia.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • I ejaculated, mentally, ’you deserve perpetual isolation from your species for your churlish inhospitality.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Maybe we can find something more hospitable for you.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • I meant to be so—so—hospitable.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • I had asked him the question inhospitably enough, for I resented the sort of bright and gratified recognition that still shone in his face.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • And after all those years, when the planet was no longer inhospitable, life would again spread over the planet.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • He was anxious to get out of that cold penthouse, but he had a feeling it was the most hospitable place they’d see for a while.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • She arrived with suitcases, a green sack, a full-grown daughter, and a granddaughter, and found her brother truculent, inhospitable, embarrassed, and unforgiving.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • They are hospitable, with true Yorkshire hospitality, give a guest everything and leave him to do as he likes.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • If that double-bolted land, Japan, is ever to become hospitable, it is the whale-ship alone to whom the credit will be due; for already she is on the threshold.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • My assistants there would have put you straight through to me—no need to go through less hospitable channels.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Or is she being hospitable to some rover come off his ship from lands across the sea- there being no lands nearer.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Owen Chase, whose account of the sinking of the whaling ship Essex by a whale inspired Herman Melville, survived eighty-three days at sea with two mates, interrupted by a one-week stay on an inhospitable island.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • I had lit their candles to go upstairs, but Diana had first to give hospitable orders respecting the driver; this done, both followed me.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • With God’s help, let us endeavour to live here contentedly, thankful that we were not cast upon some bare and inhospitable island.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • In war, he is daring, boastful, cunning, ruthless, self-denying, and self-devoted; in peace, just, generous, hospitable, revengeful, superstitious, modest, and commonly chaste.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Up to her old tricks, she, too, had fled the inhospitable fires of the gods and gone back to her old refuge to give birth to her young.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • They spent a month in this hospitable place.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
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