unpopular

adjective
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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In this installment, contributors share opinions that are unpopular among their peers. WSJ, "Guns, #MeToo, Israel, Human Rights and Trump," 29 Jan. 2019 Because President Donald Trump is unpopular, and because there’s no clear Democratic figure in line for the nomination. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The comically large 2020 Democratic field, explained," 17 Dec. 2018 That will give the new government leverage in its dealings with the United States that the departing Mr. Peña Nieto, who is deeply unpopular, does not have. Elisabeth Malkin, New York Times, "U.S. Delegation and Mexico’s Next President Aim to Reset Relations," 13 July 2018 Republicans discovered that their policies are very unpopular — from their push to repeal Obamacare to their tax cut bill. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "The president didn’t apologize for vilifying political opponents.," 24 Oct. 2018 His ultimate baddie Thanos makes very unpopular decisions like, well, wiping out half the universe based on real-world overpopulation demands for scarce resources. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Sicario' star Josh Brolin is smiling over his killer summer, even with superhero deaths," 26 June 2018 Oklahoma The two prevailing political realities in Oklahoma as the primaries arrive are that outgoing GOP Governor Mary Fallon is very unpopular, while the state remains profoundly conservative. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "New York House Races Headline June 26 State Primaries," 26 June 2018 Here are some takeaways: Congress is very unpopular Voters nearly always dislike Congress, but Tuesday was a vivid illustration of just how toxic the taint of Washington may be in 2018. Alex Burns, BostonGlobe.com, "6 Takeaways From Tuesday’s Primary Elections," 10 May 2018 My newfound, albeit unpopular, opinion is that wrapping gifts is an integral part of holiday prep. Emily Chiu, Redbook, "Why I Never Put Christmas Presents In Gift Bags," 5 Nov. 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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unpopular

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unpopular

: not liked by many people : not popular
: not shared by most people

unpopular

adjective
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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