un·fa·vor·able | \ ˌən-ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-bəl , -ˈfā-vər-bəl \

Definition of unfavorable 

1a : opposed, contrary

b : expressing disapproval : negative unfavorable reviews

2 : not propitious : disadvantageous an unfavorable business climate

3 : not pleasing an unfavorable feature of the plan

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Other words from unfavorable

unfavorableness noun
unfavorably \ˌən-ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-blē, -ˈfā-vər-bəl \ adverb

Examples of unfavorable in a Sentence

She formed an unfavorable impression of him. the company chose to accept the unfavorable settlement rather than spend more money on legal fees

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Current public perceptions of American Muslims are distinctly unfavorable. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Nearly 1-in-5 Americans would deny Muslim American citizens the right to vote, new report finds," 11 June 2018 LeConte is known for icebergs that calve under the water, then shoot to the surface in a manner that could be unfavorable for a small boat. David G. Molyneaux, miamiherald, "You want Alaska up close and wild? Watch out for hungry bears and calving glaciers | Miami Herald," 12 May 2018 Americans are deeply unfavorable toward the North Korean leader himself. Jennifer Agiesta, CNN, "CNN Poll: Three-quarters approve of Trump's plans to meet with Kim Jong Un," 10 May 2018 The 2018 map is also highly unfavorable to Democratic hopes of retaking the chamber. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "How Not to Remove a President," 16 Apr. 2018 Besides the loss of market leadership from a tech sector now under threat from greater oversight, seasonal factors are unfavorable as well. Tom Saler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tom Saler: If you abhor risk, here's a simple strategy for unpredictable times," 6 Apr. 2018 Trump's unfavorable ratings remain higher than his approvals in the runup to a midterm election that could make or break his party's control of Congress. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "How Justice Anthony Kennedy's Retirement From the Supreme Court Could Erode Women's Rights," 28 June 2018 In the Siena poll, Cuomo had a 77 percent favorable rating and 16 percent unfavorable rating in February 2011. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Andrew Cuomo overstates his record on same-sex marriage," 15 June 2018 Voters rate former New York City Mayor and current Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani negatively with a 34 percent favorable vs. 44 percent unfavorable rating. Fox News, "Fox News Poll: Views remain split over whether Trump coordinated with Russia," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of unfavorable

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of unfavorable

: likely to cause problems or difficulties

: expressing disapproval


un·fa·vor·able | \ ˌən-ˈfā-və-rə-bəl \

Kids Definition of unfavorable

1 : expressing or showing disapproval an unfavorable comment

2 : likely to make difficult or unpleasant We had unfavorable weather for our trip.

Other words from unfavorable

unfavorably \-blē \ adverb

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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