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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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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The Democrats’ real motivation was fear that ObamaCare would prove unpopular in a head-to-head contest with free-market health insurance. Michael F. Cannon, WSJ, "First, Do No Harm (to ObamaCare)," 11 Oct. 2018 Prime Minister Najib Razak and his government were unpopular for a range of economic and governance issues. Sebastian Dettman, Washington Post, "The Malaysian election results were a surprise. Here are 4 things to know.," 15 May 2018 Tillerson is also deeply unpopular within the State Department for his imperious management style and disregard for the traditions of diplomacy, which has led to a steady level of attrition throughout his tenure. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "President Trump Fires Secretary of State Rex Tillerson," 13 Mar. 2018 The survey also found that President Donald Trump remains unpopular in a district Hillary Clinton won by 5 points in 2016. Fox News Staff, Fox News, "Sen. Tom Carper faces challenge in Del. primary," 6 Sep. 2018 If the economy remains strong, if the U.S. is not mired in an unpopular war, and if the Mueller investigation fails to draw impeachable blood, Trump could be in a strong position to lock down his reign in 2020. Logan Jenkins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "For true moderates, New Yorker tops Dem dream ticket," 9 July 2018 Megan Rose: $8,600 could certainly take you away from an unpopular war. Jonathan Leach, CBS News, "NCIS agents vow to solve "unsolvable" cold case and restore a sailor's honor," 29 May 2018 In that sense, Macron's speech could also be seen as a possible attempt to insulate himself from any future political damage back home following his stunning love fest with Trump -- who is deeply unpopular in Europe -- on Wednesday. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "After the hugs and kisses, Macron rips Trumpism," 25 Apr. 2018 More than five decades after Americans poured into the streets to demand civil rights and the end to a deeply unpopular war, thousands are embracing a culture of resistance unlike anything since. Washington Post, "A surge of protest unlike any in decades, but why now?," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unpopular

1614, in the meaning defined above

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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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