un·​pop·​u·​lar | \ˌən-ˈpä-pyə-lər \

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 , -​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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But the other thing to remember is that President Trump is actually really deeply unpopular in Europe. Fox News, "Rep. Raul Labrador: Disappointing we couldn't change D.C.," 7 July 2018 Democrats challenging incumbent Republicans in swing districts can be expected to use the ban to link their opponents to the president, who is deeply unpopular with Democrats and many independents. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "As Republicans Cheer Travel-Ban Ruling, Those in Swing Districts Face Headaches," 26 June 2018 Trump’s zero-tolerance policy is unpopular with the public at large (56 percent of whom oppose it as against 27 percent who approve) but has a support of a plurality of Republicans (46 percent approving as against 32 percent disapproving). Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Laura Bush condemns Trump’s family separation policy, but will the GOP listen?," 18 June 2018 Co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold remain unpopular with the fanbase, due to poor recruitment and a largely unsuccessful stadium move. SI.com, "West Ham Star Pledges His Future to the Club Despite Reports of a Move Away," 16 May 2018 After that deadline passes, Republican leaders will have a clearer idea of how many of their members might vote for a bill that may be unpopular with public employees and retirees. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Pension reform bill won't come before lawmakers have chance to size up re-election bids," 29 Jan. 2018 All of those would be unpopular with families, and attendance would almost certainly be low. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "Friday’s ‘slush day’ eats into CMS spring break. But there’s hope for a reprieve.," 19 Jan. 2018 Saying the Hetch Hetchy project was unpopular with early 20th century environmentalists is a mountainous understatement. Bill Van Niekerken, San Francisco Chronicle, "How Hetch Hetchy Valley’s natural beauty was sacrificed to quench SF’s thirst," 16 Jan. 2018 President Donald Trump’s decision to allow offshore drilling along most of America’s coasts is proving unpopular with Democratic and Republican governors alike. Sharon Zhang, New Republic, "The real resistance to offshore drilling might come from oil companies.," 11 Jan. 2018

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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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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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