un·​fa·​vor·​able | \ ˌən-ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-bəl, -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 , -​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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Even one broken window would draw unfavorable media attention. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What Are Airports Going to Do About Drones?," 9 Jan. 2019 Part of the House result is explained by Trump’s overall unpopularity, and a lot of the Senate result reflects an unfavorable map for Democrats. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018’s chaos," 27 Dec. 2018 Americans have been more favorable than unfavorable toward the ACA for nearly two years, according to research conducted by KFF. Timothy Bella, The Seattle Times, "‘Republicans will never stop’: Obama rips GOP after Affordable Care Act is ruled unconstitutional," 17 Dec. 2018 But major news developments that were unfavorable to Clinton, like the Comey letter, likely played a role too. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Polls can be wrong," 19 Oct. 2018 Almost half of Democrats, 47 percent, are favorable toward Comey, while most Republicans - 56 percent - are unfavorable toward the former FBI director. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Poll suggests majority of Americans back Mueller’s investigation," 14 Apr. 2018 Nominee Robert Bork got an unfavorable recommendation from the committee and was defeated on the floor. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Sen. Jeff Flake says he will vote to confirm Kavanaugh," 28 Sep. 2018 The university’s board of trustees approved the pact, but the agreement received an unfavorable recommendation from the Senate members of the legislature’s appropriations committee. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "House Approves UConn Graduate Assistants' Contract," 26 Apr. 2018 The terms for payday loans are often unfavorable, said Alex Horowitz, senior research officer for the consumer finance project at Pew Charitable Trusts, an independent research organization. Lorie Konish, USA TODAY, "Your local post office could become a payday lender if Postal Banking Act bill passes," 26 Apr. 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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