un·pop·u·lar | \ ˌən-ˈpä-pyə-lər \

Definition of unpopular 

: not popular : viewed or received unfavorably by the public

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unpopularity \ˌən-ˌpä-pyə-ˈler-ə-tē, -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 president, who is deeply unpopular in London, will spend little time on the ground before flying to another palatial property: his golf course in Scotland. Katie Rogers, New York Times, "British Roll Out Trump’s Political Idol: Winston Churchill," 12 July 2018 As in much of the rest of the world, Donald Trump is incredibly unpopular in the United Kingdom. David Lammy, Time, "I'm a British Lawmaker. Here's Why I’m Protesting Trump’s Visit to the U.K.," 10 July 2018 Other than the discussion of migrants, Pence’s visit appeared light on substance, as was expected given that Temer is deeply unpopular and a lame duck ahead of October elections. Sarah Dilorenzo, The Seattle Times, "VP Pence warns migrants not to attempt to enter US illegally," 26 June 2018 Merkel’s policies are unpopular within her own party, and the new German far right has been intensely critical of the policies. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "President Trump Got German Crime Stats Wrong in Tweets About Immigration," 18 June 2018 And in 2014, as goal after agonizing Germany goal bulged the Brazil net in Belo Horizonte, the fans started to chant a graphic and crude insult at Dilma Rousseff, the unpopular former president. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "'Brazil's Donald Trump': World Cup fate impacts far-right presidential candidate," 6 July 2018 Much of the popular ire has been aimed at unpopular President Enrique Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party. Christopher Sherman, Fox News, "Mexico elections center on disgust with corruption, violence," 1 July 2018 Much of the popular ire has been aimed at unpopular President Enrique Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party. chicagotribune.com, "Mexico elections center on disgust with corruption, violence," 1 July 2018 Five Supreme Court Justices did the country a service on Tuesday by sticking to the Constitution and rule of law on executive power rather than succumb to the temptation to rebuke an unpopular President’s dubious policy. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Supreme Court Rises Above," 26 June 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 \

Kids Definition of unpopular

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

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