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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web This is inevitably unpopular and politically unsustainable. Eli Dourado, Fortune, "Cracking the code of biological aging could solve America’s health care crisis," 30 Dec. 2020 In 1915, several states passed laws prohibiting tipping, which was a growing practice but unpopular at the same time. Laura Testino, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Tipping began amid slavery, then helped keep former Black slaves' wages low," 17 Dec. 2020 The Trump administration has long focused its attention on campus speech, proving a powerful ally to conservative student groups suing schools and weighing in on disciplinary action against faculty who espoused unpopular or conservative views. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Education Department Blasts ‘Culture of Censorship’ at Colleges, Sets Up Free-Speech Email Hotline to Report Violations," 8 Dec. 2020 In each pairing, one state has imposed tough and sometimes unpopular restrictions on behavior, only to be confounded by a neighbor’s leniency. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "States With Few Coronavirus Restrictions Are Spreading the Virus Beyond Their Borders," 1 Dec. 2020 The decision to call off the season was hugely costly—the conference was in the middle of a multi-billion-dollar television deal—and hugely unpopular. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Is College Football Making the Pandemic Worse?," 25 Nov. 2020 The problem Peruvians confront now is that the same deeply unpopular and inexperienced Congress is charged with moving the country beyond these emergencies. Anatoly Kurmanaev, New York Times, "Peru Chooses 3rd President in a Week Amid Street Protests," 16 Nov. 2020 Just how popular — or unpopular — was President Donald Trump in the Beehive State? Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Robert Gehrke: Five takeaways from this election and one prediction for the next one," 9 Nov. 2020 Because plastic is so polluting and so unpopular, oil and gas companies are also looking for ways to manage plastic waste. Popular Science, "A trip down the Ohio River reveals the oil and gas industry’s next big move," 23 Feb. 2021

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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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27 Feb 2021

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“Unpopular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpopular. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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