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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And some race-focused policies, such as reparations, are widely unpopular among Americans. Kelebogile Zvobgo, The Conversation, "Maryland has created a truth commission on lynchings – can it deliver?," 14 June 2019 The transaction was unpopular among Brewers fans after Hiura hit .281 with five homers and nine RBI in 17 games. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's opening day all over for the Brewers' Travis Shaw," 4 June 2019 In 2010, when then President Barack Obama was highly unpopular, Klein was defeated by Republican Allen West. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Northeast Broward is major 2018 Democrat vs. Republican battleground," 23 June 2018 The administration’s practice of separating migrant families has also been highly unpopular. BostonGlobe.com, "Pence to launch ‘Latinos for Trump’ as new polling shows most Hispanics want a Democrat to be president," 26 June 2019 But the mining project’s breakthrough, already unpopular with environmentalists, has drawn additional scrutiny and criticism because of an unusual connection between Mr. Luksic and two of Mr. Trump’s family members. Steve Eder, New York Times, "A Plan to Mine the Minnesota Wilderness Hit a Dead End. Then Trump Became President.," 25 June 2019 Another tenet of American justice that inspired me to lean left was the idea that every defendant, however unpopular, is entitled to legal representation. Michael Blechman, WSJ, "Liberalism Isn’t What It Used to Be," 20 June 2019 The military remains underfunded, and any losses would likely be extremely unpopular. Leonid Bershidsky, Twin Cities, "Leonid Bershidsky: Russia after Vladimir Putin," 5 June 2019 These efforts are relatively costly, and at times the construction and decentralization parts may be unpopular. Leonid Bershidsky, Twin Cities, "Leonid Bershidsky: Traffic jams are a sign of income inequality," 12 June 2019

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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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