What is the meaning of hostile?


  • Troops belonging to the enemy's military forces.
    • usage: "the platoon ran into a pack of hostiles"


  • Characterized by enmity or ill will.
    • usage: "a hostile nation"; "a hostile remark"; "hostile actions"
  • Not belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally.
    • usage: "hostile naval and air forces"
  • Impossible to bring into friendly accord.
    • usage: "hostile factions"
  • Very unfavorable to life or growth.
    • usage: "a hostile climate"; "an uncongenial atmosphere"; "an uncongenial soil"; "the unfriendly environment at high altitudes"
  • Unsolicited and resisted by the management of the target company ( used of attempts to buy or take control of a business. )
    • usage: "hostile takeover"; "hostile tender offer"; "hostile bid"
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