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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unpopularity \ ˌən-​ˌpä-​pyə-​ˈler-​ə-​tē How to pronounce unpopularity (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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How Lightfoot fills the shortfall could be politically unpopular, as the city’s next budget is certain to include some sort of tax increases. Gregory Pratt, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot 100 days in — reform at City Hall still a work in progress: ‘We haven’t declared victory, but I think we’ve taken some very positive steps’," 28 Aug. 2019 Macron himself is deeply unpopular at home, and the yellow vest protesters who have plagued him since last year have followed him to Biarritz. Washington Post, "Major issues, minimal expectations for G-7 summit in France," 24 Aug. 2019 In Spain and Portugal pay cuts and freezes, though unpopular, helped restore competitiveness. The Economist, "Employment in southern Europe: better, but fragile," 22 Aug. 2019 Trump was unpopular in 2016, too, but so was his opponent, Hillary Clinton. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Where Do Trump and the Democrats Stand as the Summer Recess Arrives?," 3 Aug. 2019 All three could predict fairly accurately whether a movie would be unpopular, and one method worked especially well for guessing which thrillers and comedies reviewers would hate. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Artificial intelligence predicts which movies will succeed—and fail—simply from plot summaries," 2 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, some experts think that laws like the one in Arkansas have a better chance of getting a Supreme Court hearing than more extreme, and unpopular, near-total bans. Anna North, Vox, "Why this law could be a bigger threat to Roe v. Wade than near-total abortion bans," 24 July 2019 Trump continues to be unpopular in California, as only 35% approve of his job performance, compared with 60% who disapprove. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Kamala Harris running neck-and-neck with Biden, Sanders in California poll," 17 July 2019 Lam’s replacement could be even more unpopular, as Beijing looks to exert more control on the city. latimes.com, "Today: To Build or Not to Build in Wildfire Zones?," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of unpopular

1614, in the meaning defined above

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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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