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 unfavorable (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 Despite this unfavorability gap, recent polls in the wake of this year’s protests over police misconduct have been a puzzlement: The Black community seemingly wants more police in the streets despite having generally unfavorable views of the police. Shom Mazumder, The New Republic, "What Black People Really Think About the Police," 15 Dec. 2020 Why did the spot on the field appear to be so unfavorable to OSU? John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon State gets a bad spot, but a new outlook," 15 Nov. 2020 Voters were more likely to have an unfavorable opinion of Trump, 51%, than favorable, 42%. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "Election Day eve poll gives Joe Biden slight edge in tight Ohio race against Donald Trump," 2 Nov. 2020 Voters in this region — mostly Democrats who view Trump unfavorably — gave him a 42% favorable rating, with 48% having an unfavorable opinion of him. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "Poll shows rivals Andy Beshear and Daniel Cameron both remain popular with Kentucky voters," 22 Oct. 2020 Pew researchers found that a majority of respondents in all 14 of the democracies surveyed hold unfavorable views of China. Fortune, "China has a global image problem," 8 Oct. 2020 The report’s authors wrote that while older people tend to have more unfavorable views of China than do younger people, this marked the first year in which a majority of younger Australians and Americans expressed negative views toward China. Sha Hua, WSJ, "China’s Global Image Dips to New Lows Over Its Coronavirus Response," 6 Oct. 2020 And the United States, despite its not-unfavorable position geographically, is more likely to lose than win — not least because so many of its leaders have failed to imagine the magnitude of the transformations to come. New York Times, "How Russia Wins the Climate Crisis," 16 Dec. 2020 Independent voters nationwide had an unfavorable view of the president and most said U.S. efforts to contain the coronavirus are going badly. Jennifer De Pinto And Fred Backus, CBS News, "How Biden was projected as winner of the 2020 election: Exit poll analysis," 7 Nov. 2020

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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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7 Jan 2021

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“Unfavorable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfavorable. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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