Definition of Hostile

1. Noun. Troops belonging to the enemy's military forces. "The platoon ran into a pack of hostiles"




2. Adjective. Characterized by enmity or ill will. "Hostile actions"

3. Adjective. Not belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally. "Hostile naval and air forces"
Antonyms: Friendly
Derivative terms: Hostilities

4. Adjective. Impossible to bring into friendly accord. "Hostile factions"

5. Adjective. Very unfavorable to life or growth. "The unfriendly environment at high altitudes"
Exact synonyms: Uncongenial, Unfriendly
Similar to: Inhospitable

6. Adjective. Unsolicited and resisted by the management of the target company ( used of attempts to buy or take control of a business). "Hostile bid"
Category relationships: Business, Business Enterprise, Commercial Enterprise
Similar to: Aggressive
Derivative terms: Hostility

Definition of Hostile

1. a. Belonging or appropriate to an enemy; showing the disposition of an enemy; showing ill will and malevolence, or a desire to thwart and injure; occupied by an enemy or enemies; inimical; unfriendly; as, a hostile force; hostile intentions; a hostile country; hostile to a sudden change.

2. n. An enemy; esp., an American Indian in arms against the whites; -- commonly in the plural.

Definition of Hostile

1. Adjective. Belonging or appropriate to an enemy; showing the disposition of an enemy; showing ill will and malevolence, or a desire to thwart and injure; occupied by an enemy or enemies; inimical; unfriendly ¹

2. Noun. (mostly plural) An enemy, especially an American Indian in arms against the whites. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Hostile

1. an unfriendly person [n -S]

Medical Definition of Hostile

1. Belonging or appropriate to an enemy; showing the disposition of an enemy; showing ill will and malevolence, or a desire to thwart and injure; occupied by an enemy or enemies; inimical; unfriendly; as, a hostile force; hostile intentions; a hostile country; hostile to a sudden change. Synonym: Warlike, inimical, unfriendly, antagonistic, opposed, adverse, opposite, contrary, repugnant. Origin: L. Hostilis, from hostis enemy: cf. F. Hostile. See Host an army. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Hostile

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1. A Manual of the Law Relating to Shipping and Admiralty as Determined by the by Robert Desty (1879)
"The property of persons settled in an enemy's country is affected with a hostile character, though they he neutrals,3 and though they be not traitors.4 That ..."

2. The American Journal of International Law by American Society of International Law (1914)
"THE LAW OF hostile MILITARY EXPEDITIONS AS APPLIED BY THE UNITED STATES CHAPTER ... In so far as it deals with the means of preventing hostile enterprises, ..."

3. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1887)
"... the season of tranquillity before it was interrupted by the ц. i ,,., hostile edicts of the emperor.132 Julian, who despised the ï^,ïn«ia!jj Christians, ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"... and want of contact, either friendly or hostile, with different human types, resulted in an exaggeration of qualities, physical, mental and moral. ..."

5. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1892)
"... I he did not escape hostile criticism, and epigrams of Ci ray were especially seve According to Cole, the antiquary, Kee was ' as much puffed up with ..."

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