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

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Last month, the city’s Planning Commission gave Baxendale’s rezoning proposal, without a developer or plan to go with it, an unfavorable recommendation. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Plan to convert island of homes into commercial site on Ohio 82 in Strongsville put on hold," 3 June 2019 Marriott, the parent of such hotel brands as Ritz-Carlton, Westin and Renaissance, said its North American forecast reflects an unfavorable comparison to last year, which included hurricane relief efforts in Texas and Florida. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Marriott Sees Weaker Demand in North America," 6 Nov. 2018 The speedy response by politicians to the bulldog puppy’s death drew unfavorable comparisons from people seeking stricter gun laws in the wake of a Feb. 14 shooting spree that killed 17 at a Parkland, Fla. high school, however. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Pets rarely die on planes, but it’s most common on United flights, data shows," 15 Mar. 2018 That openness also involves letting students have honest reactions to unfamiliar music — even if those reactions are, at first, unfavorable. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "High School Musicians Take On the (Almost) Unplayable," 8 June 2018 Among Republicans, 73 percent express an unfavorable opinion, up from 52 percent in September. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "Ocasio-Cortez can’t run, but she’s a big part of 2020 race," 30 Mar. 2019 After news of Charles and Camilla's affair broke, many members of the public had an unfavorable opinion of the Duchess of Cornwall. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Camilla's Title Will Be When Prince Charles Becomes King," 3 Nov. 2018 Futures allow firms to bet on whether the price of an asset will rise or fall, or to hedge against unfavorable price moves. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "Will Truckers Trade Futures? A New Market Seeks to Draw Freight Bets," 28 Mar. 2019 Trump’s lawyers have often tried to stifle unfavorable coverage. Washington Post, "Stormy Daniels uncertain about fate of her ‘60 Minutes’ segment," 11 Mar. 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 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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