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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The committee can give a favorable or unfavorable recommendation – or none at all. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Trump's Supreme Court pick needs Senate approval: A look at the confirmation process," 10 July 2018 More people — 36 percent — had an unfavorable opinion of Mueller than a favorable one. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Giuliani: Mueller can interview Trump if he can prove the president committed a crime," 7 July 2018 Black voters had the most positive opinions of the NFL — 49 percent favorable and 24 percent unfavorable. Ross Ramsey, star-telegram, "Football may be popular in Texas, but the NFL isn't, poll shows," 1 July 2018 Comcast executives believe the antitrust trial went favorably for AT&T. Even if the ruling is unfavorable for AT&T, Comcast may proceed with its Fox pursuit, one of the people said. Austen Hufford, WSJ, "Comcast Goes Public on Plan for Fox Bid to Challenge Disney," 23 May 2018 Red flag warnings alert fire managers on federal lands to conditions that are highly unfavorable for prescribed burns, and that may lead to especially dangerous wildfire growth, says NOAA. Justin Madden, cleveland.com, "Cleveland police searching for missing teenage boy," 30 Apr. 2018 Any recruit who receives an unfavorable security screening is deemed unsuitable for military service and is administratively discharged. Fox News, "Rep. Raul Labrador: Disappointing we couldn't change D.C.," 7 July 2018 They can be represented by a lawyer and can appeal unfavorable decisions to the Board of Immigration Appeals, an arm of the Justice Department. Katie Benner, New York Times, "Due Process for Undocumented Immigrants, Explained," 25 June 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin remains deeply disliked in the US, with 77% expressing unfavorable opinions, up from 71% saying so just before Trump's inauguration in January 2017. Jennifer Agiesta, CNN, "CNN Poll: Republicans shifting negative on Mueller's investigation," 10 May 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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