un·​pop·​u·​lar | \ ˌən-ˈpä-pyə-lər How to pronounce unpopular (audio) \

Definition of unpopular

: not popular : viewed or received unfavorably by the public

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Other Words from unpopular

unpopularity \ ˌən-​ˌpä-​pyə-​ˈler-​ə-​tē How to pronounce unpopularity (audio) , -​ˈla-​rə-​ \ noun
unpopularly adverb

Examples of unpopular in a Sentence

I was unpopular in high school. Her third album has been unpopular with fans. Recent conflicts have made him unpopular among the staff.
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Recent Examples on the Web Frank Gillett, a technology analyst for Forrester Research, predicted that foldable devices would be unpopular, largely because of their high price tags and limited use cases. New York Times, "A Glimpse of Our Connected Tech Future, Courtesy of CES 2020," 10 Jan. 2020 The peace deal was domestically unpopular among various communities that felt it either went too far or no far enough. National Geographic, "Why the League of Nations was doomed before it began," 9 Jan. 2020 Motor lodges, once the preferred layover spot along America’s highways, became so dreadfully unpopular that most went out of business. Brandon Presser, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where to Honeymoon in 2020," 6 Jan. 2020 The plan proved unpopular and, in 1941, Roosevelt signed a bill moving the Thanksgiving back to the fourth Thursday in November – on whatever date the fourth Thursday falls. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Why is Thanksgiving so late this year?," 26 Nov. 2019 These exams were deeply unpopular and difficult: Less than half of Maryland students could pass. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland’s standardized tests will be shorter next year as schools replace PARCC with new exam," 22 Oct. 2019 But that’s often unpopular with students and parents who like to be able to walk to their local school. Scott Travis, sun-sentinel.com, "Needy schools in Broward miss out on money for musical instruments," 20 Sep. 2019 Such policies are unpopular with clients who are used to earning interest on their deposits, not paying fees. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "The rich have had enough of negative interest rates. Some are pulling cash out of Swiss banks," 23 Jan. 2020 Even though security forces are unpopular, Suleimani personally had an enormous following, because the Iranians saw him as a heroic figure defending the country and someone who stood for patriotism and was pious. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Meaning of Qassem Suleimani’s Death in the Middle East," 3 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of unpopular

1614, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unpopular was in 1614

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11 Feb 2020

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“Unpopular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpopular. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unpopular

: not liked by many people : not popular
: not shared by most people


un·​pop·​u·​lar | \ ˌən-ˈpä-pyə-lər How to pronounce unpopular (audio) \

Kids Definition of unpopular

: not widely favored or approved an unpopular rule an unpopular teacher

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