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 unfavorably (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 Of those with very unfavorable views of the president, 83 percent wouldn’t date someone with a different view. Lisa Bonos, Washington Post, "Strong views on Trump can be a big dating dealbreaker, and other takeaways from a survey on love and politics," 7 Feb. 2020 There has been more than one instance of a player showing Izzo an unfavorable social media post in the past couple of days, but Izzo did not detail the specifics of what has been written to team members. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Tom Izzo delivers stern message to abusive Michigan State basketball fans," 5 Feb. 2020 The bank has the highest percentage of investors viewing it unfavorably (42%), well above the second and third most unfavorable financial firms, Bank of America (29%) and Citigroup (22%). Lance Lambert, Fortune, "Fortune poll: Wells Fargo has the worst reputation among investors in America," 15 Jan. 2020 Officials have warned that an unfavorable result could imperil the city’s finances and its standing with the three major credit rating agencies. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio firefighters contract expected in January after years-long conflict," 23 Dec. 2019 Not all of them put the Lions in unfavorable down-and-distances — there were downfield tackles in pass coverage on plays the Lions would consider successful. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "5 observations from rewatching the Bears’ Thanksgiving win over the Lions, including Mitch Trubisky’s 1st-down brilliance and the long-awaited opening touchdown drive," 30 Nov. 2019 Warren stands out the most on this front, with 76 percent of likely caucusgoers holding a favorable impression of her compared with 14 percent unfavorable. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says he’s considering commutation for Blagojevich," 9 Aug. 2019 Neither matches Vice President Mike Pence, who is well-liked by fellow Hoosiers: 56 percent view him favorably vs. 39 percent unfavorable. Dana Blanton, Fox News, "Fox News Poll: Republican ahead of incumbent Democrat in Indiana Senate race," 12 Sep. 2018 The resignations come as some Iranians have an unfavorable view of the media, which is tightly controlled by the regime. Fox News, "Iran state TV sees at least 2 news anchors quit: 'Forgive me for the 13 years I told you lies'," 15 Jan. 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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“Unfavorable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfavorable?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=u&file=unfavo02. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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