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 Since the beginning of time, LGBTQ men and women and non-gender conforming artists have held space for unpopular sentiments, magical possibilities and powerful truths on stages, screens and canvases. Essence, 1 June 2021 Lawmakers will likely avoid major policy shifts on hot button or unpopular issues, such as the expansion of settlements in the West Bank or the renewal of negotiations with the Palestinians. Washington Post, 31 May 2021 For weeks, President Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters have made their presence felt with the roar of motorcycles during boisterous rallies meant to show steadfast fealty to an increasingly unpopular leader. New York Times, 31 May 2021 Rising power prices had become increasingly unpopular among the public and industry, in particular the petrochemical plants and refineries lining the Gulf Coast. James Osborne, San Antonio Express-News, 29 May 2021 Without it, unpopular individuals and groups would be at the mercy of their enemies. Star Tribune, 27 May 2021 The country has become embroiled, for example, in an increasingly unpopular, eight-year war against Islamist militants in West Africa that has forced him to brush off coups in allies, like Mali, and to work with longtime autocrats. BostonGlobe.com, 27 May 2021 That boost spared Fall from having to make unpopular cuts. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, 26 May 2021 The idea was languishing in the most inauspicious of legislative limbos: not unpopular, not divisive, just invisible. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 24 May 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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“Unpopular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpopular. Accessed 13 Jun. 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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