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 For example: * 75.1% gave DeWine a favorable rating (11.8% unfavorable); fewer people rated Trump favorable (43.1%) than unfavorable (48.2%). Rich Exner, cleveland, "New poll: Ohio likes Mike DeWine much more than Donald Trump; governor gets high marks on coronavirus," 27 Apr. 2020 At some point, Mr. Biden will have to show that his lead is built on more than favorability driven by unfavorable circumstances. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, "Our 2020 Election Guide," 26 Apr. 2020 The coming months appear to be the best time to save on a used car—and also one of the most unfavorable times to sell one. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Used-Car Buyers Could See Big Savings If They Time Purchases Right," 25 Apr. 2020 More voters view DeSantis favorably than unfavorably by 18 points (53 favorable, 35 unfavorable). Fox News, "Fox News Poll: Biden and Trump in tight race in Florida," 23 Apr. 2020 For the first time in 20 years, the NRA’s ratings are net-unfavorable. Malavika Kannan, refinery29.com, "How Youth Of Color Are Reimagining The Anti-Gun Violence Movement," 24 Mar. 2020 Assessing #MeToo and Time's Up Men and women and those across all ages tend to view these movements more positively than negatively, with the exception of men 65 and older who hold a more unfavorable than favorable view. Fred Backus, CBS News, "#MeToo and Time's Up: Most think the movements are making progress - CBS News poll," 7 Jan. 2020 But the defense was put in an unfavorable position because of a Trubisky turnover and an unfortunate Leonard Floyd face-mask infraction on Gordon provided 12 free yards as well. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "3 keys revisited after the Bears fell apart in unthinkable fashion in Sunday’s 17-16 loss to the Chargers," 27 Oct. 2019 While the Trump administration is entitled to its opinion that the landmark 2015 Paris agreement deal hurts American workers, the pact did not put the U.S. in a more unfavorable position relative to the rest of the world. San Diego Union-Tribune, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s twisted reality on guns, environment," 22 Sep. 2019

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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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12 May 2020

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“Unfavorable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfavorable. Accessed 31 May. 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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