un·​pop·​u·​lar ˌən-ˈpä-pyə-lər How to pronounce unpopular (audio)
: not popular : viewed or received unfavorably by the public
unpopularity 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.
Recent Examples on the Web As Israel’s war effort grows more unpopular in the United States — the war has killed more than 28,000 people in Gaza, according to health officials there — the families respond to growing criticism of Israel by not responding. Christopher Maag, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Concerning Israel, the U.S. should reconsider foreign aid to Netanyahu’s actions against Palestinians, which is unpopular among the Israeli people and contributes to escalating issues in the Middle East. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 Impeaching an unpopular cabinet official of a president with dangerously low approval ratings was a cynical ploy for social-media clicks and TV appearances. Ken Buck, National Review, 14 Feb. 2024 The analysis found that this kind of contact only had persuasive effects in a few circumstances: when a candidate takes an unusually unpopular position on something; invests heavily to identify persuadable voters; and when campaigns contact voters long before election day. Sunny Nagpaul, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024 Such aggressive conscription would also be politically unpopular. John Hudson, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024 The bill, under debate in the Ukrainian Parliament, could be politically unpopular with the country’s war-weary citizenry. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 5 Feb. 2024 Advertisement Already polls consistently show that the idea of compensating the descendants of people who were enslaved is unpopular with most voters. Erika D. Smith, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2024 Although the Music City has never been unpopular, Nashville, Tennessee, is absolutely booming right now. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1614, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 25 Feb. 2024.

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un·​pop·​u·​lar ˌən-ˈpäp-yə-lər How to pronounce unpopular (audio)
: not popular : disliked by many people
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