unfavorable

adjective
un·​fa·​vor·​able | \ ˌən-ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce unfavorable (audio) , -ˈfā-vər-bəl \

Definition of unfavorable

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 How to pronounce unfavorably (audio) , -​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
Recent Examples on the Web China sometimes withholds or refuses visas to punish international news organizations for what the ruling Communist Party perceives as unfavorable coverage. Gerry Shih, BostonGlobe.com, "China expels Wall Street Journal reporter over coverage of Xi’s family," 30 Aug. 2019 China sometimes withholds or refuses visas to punish international news organizations for what the ruling Communist Party perceives as unfavorable coverage. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, "China expels Wall Street Journal reporter over coverage of Xi’s family," 30 Aug. 2019 Several other cities found their databases disproportionately represented minorities, including Portland, Oregon, where police ditched the system after unfavorable media coverage. NBC News, "He's a gang intervention worker. But California police call him a gang member.," 18 Aug. 2019 Trump didn't answer directly, but launched into a rant about Time's unfavorable coverage of him. Colby Itkowitz, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump threatens reporter with prison time during interview," 22 June 2019 In his service of Trump, Hannity has peddled misinformation and conspiracy theories in his attempts to undermine news unfavorable to the President. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Sean Hannity to write book for Simon & Schuster," 19 Dec. 2019 The 4-3 decision by the high court stems from a request Rutledge made in September after her office received an unfavorable ruling in a medical marijuana commission case that had been placed on Griffen's docket. John Moritz, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas' high court rejects argument that judge is biased, rude, says he can keep hearing AG cases," 5 Dec. 2019 San Antonio officials have warned that an unfavorable result could jeopardize the city’s finances and its standing with the three major credit ratings agencies. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "Final contract talks between San Antonio officials and fire union to begin this week," 1 Dec. 2019 Study authors also share different ways to combat any unfavorable lingering feelings. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Why So Many Women Aren't Enjoying Sex as Much as They Could, According to Science," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of unfavorable

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of unfavorable was in 1548

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21 Jan 2020

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“Unfavorable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfavorable. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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More Definitions for unfavorable

unfavorable

adjective
How to pronounce unfavorable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of unfavorable

: likely to cause problems or difficulties
: expressing disapproval

unfavorable

adjective
un·​fa·​vor·​able | \ ˌən-ˈfā-və-rə-bəl How to pronounce unfavorable (audio) \

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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