unfavorable

adjective un·fa·vor·able \ ˌən-ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-bəl , -ˈfā-vər-bəl \
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of unfavorable

1 a : 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

unfavorableness

noun

unfavorably

play \ˌən-ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-blē, -ˈfā-vər-bəl\ adverb

Examples of unfavorable in a Sentence

  1. She formed an unfavorable impression of him.

  2. the company chose to accept the unfavorable settlement rather than spend more money on legal fees

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First Known Use of unfavorable

1548

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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UNFAVORABLE Defined for English Language Learners

unfavorable

Definition of unfavorable for English Language Learners

  • : likely to cause problems or difficulties

  • : expressing disapproval


UNFAVORABLE Defined for Kids

unfavorable

adjective un·fa·vor·able \ ˌən-ˈfā-və-rə-bəl \

Definition of unfavorable for Students

1 : expressing or showing disapproval
  • an unfavorable comment
2 : likely to make difficult or unpleasant
  • We had unfavorable weather for our trip.

unfavorably

\-blē\ adverb


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