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 Another 5% had an unfavorable opinion of Acton and 31% had no opinion. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "In early Ohio Senate poll, Democrats like Dr. Amy Acton, state's response to COVID-19," 17 Mar. 2021 In a Gallup poll conducted early last month, 79% of Americans surveyed reported an unfavorable view of China. Eve Bower, CNN, "Polls say Americans report record low opinions of China. Are the surveys measuring racism?," 26 Mar. 2021 By the following year, a national survey found that 38.2 percent of the public held an unfavorable view of vaccination in general, up from 8.5 percent in 2000. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "France’s Biggest Pandemic Hurdle," 18 Mar. 2021 Opinion polling shows Muslims are increasingly seen in an unfavorable light. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Islamophobia on the rise, according to United Nations report," 11 Mar. 2021 Among Republicans, 87% of those surveyed had an unfavorable view of Whitmer. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer's popularity dips in new poll, but most say she is doing a good job," 2 Mar. 2021 Save America commissioned and sent out polling last week that showed a sizable majority of Wyoming Republicans had an unfavorable view of Congresswoman Liz Cheney following her vote to impeach Mr. Trump. Adam Brewster, CBS News, "Trump's new PAC raises over $30 million," 2 Feb. 2021 The friend, whom Mr. Cheadle declined to identify, later pitched the actor on a second Hotel Rwanda film, this time casting Mr. Rusesabagina in an unfavorable light. New York Times, "How the Hero of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Fell Into a Vengeful Strongman’s Trap," 18 Sep. 2020 This leads to a somewhat unfavorable tax treatment on long-term NFT capital gains for high income earners (single filers with over $441,450 of taxable income & married filers with over $496,000 of taxable income). Shehan Chandrasekera, Forbes, "How Are Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs) Taxed?," 11 Mar. 2021

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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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“Unfavorable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfavorable. Accessed 18 Apr. 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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