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

Other Words from unpopular

unpopularity \ ˌən-​ˌpä-​pyə-​ˈler-​ə-​tē How to pronounce unpopular (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.
Recent Examples on the Web The old president has fled, the new one is just as unpopular, and a state of emergency is in place as Sri Lanka weathers the worst economic crisis in its history. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 23 July 2022 Some provisions in the measure are wildly popular while others are unusual or even unheard of among large U.S. cities and could be extremely unpopular, the lawsuit says. oregonlive, 15 July 2022 Biden’s handling of the economy has been widely unpopular among Americans. Derek Saul, Forbes, 6 July 2022 Her policies are very unpopular to those in her own community. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 5 July 2022 Trump, who lost Connecticut to Biden in 2020 by 20 percentage points, is likely more unpopular in the state than the president. Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant, 3 July 2022 By next year, inflation will likely be so unpopular that Americans from the far left to the far right will demand that Congress do something. Kevin A. Hassett, National Review, 22 June 2022 Unsurprisingly, the favorite remained extremely unpopular among everyone who wasn’t Edward. Anne Thériault, Longreads, 21 June 2022 Indo-Pacific Unwilling to pursue trade agreements that are unpopular in the USA, President Joe Biden rolled out a different type of economic agreement among Indo-Pacific countries. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 23 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unpopular

1614, in the meaning defined above

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“Unpopular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpopular. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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