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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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 Baylor often encountered Clarke in the paint with unfavorable results. Jim Meehan, The Seattle Times, "Brandon Clarke put on a superhuman display to help Gonzaga advance to the Sweet 16. Can he keep it up?," 24 Mar. 2019 While most people call 911 from their cellphones, pinpointing the location of those callers is difficult and can delay first responders or lead to unfavorable outcomes. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "Why Your Apps Can Find You, But 911 Can’t," 18 Feb. 2019 The change greatly simplifies the tax, but the shift in rates is unfavorable for some. WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: The ‘Kiddie Tax’," 15 Feb. 2019 The majority of deaths were cited to be caused by heart failure during transport—probably from stress and unfavorable conditions. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Is It Safe to Travel With Pets?," 28 Apr. 2017 The Democratic Party is viewed more favorably, but millennials overall are still split — 44 percent favorable to 43 percent unfavorable. Stephanie Perry, NBC News, "Poll: Millennials say the country is on the wrong track, but they’re not," 29 Jan. 2018 There is a handsome living to be made these days for attorneys skilled in the art of image control, including preemptively shutting down unfavorable media coverage by threatening journalists or their sources with ruinous lawsuits. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "How Much Does It Cost to Keep Your Name Out of the News?," 18 Jan. 2019

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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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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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