unpopular

adjective
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 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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Recent Examples on the Web

These efforts are relatively costly, and at times the construction and decentralization parts may be unpopular. Leonid Bershidsky, Twin Cities, "Leonid Bershidsky: Traffic jams are a sign of income inequality," 12 June 2019 These efforts are relatively costly, and at times the construction and decentralization parts may be unpopular. Leonid Bershidsky, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Traffic jams are a sign of income inequality," 9 June 2019 In this case, Hillary Clinton was also very unpopular. Harry Enten, CNN, "Can Donald Trump continue to defy political gravity?," 5 May 2018 At the same time, the swing voters themselves are very real, concern about alienating them with unpopular positions is valid, and nothing about Trump’s election win should be seen as debunking the basic conventional wisdom about all of this. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Swing voters are extremely real," 23 July 2018 But McKee, and the work being done at BU’s CTE center, has found itself in the crosshairs of the NHL’s aggressive defense of its unpopular position. Sam Donnellon, Philly.com, "Is the NHL doing enough to prevent concussions? Eric Lindros, others don't think so," 19 Apr. 2018 That's not to say corporations never take unpopular positions. James Briggs, USA TODAY, "Columnist: The real reason some retailers are limiting gun sales," 5 Mar. 2018 Right now, the Republicans in Congress are staking their case on particularly unpopular positions. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "The Screams, the Senate, the Shutdown," 21 Jan. 2018 The Democrats’ real motivation was fear that ObamaCare would prove unpopular in a head-to-head contest with free-market health insurance. Michael F. Cannon, WSJ, "First, Do No Harm (to ObamaCare)," 11 Oct. 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 How to pronounce unpopular (audio) \

Kids Definition of unpopular

: not widely favored or approved an unpopular rule an unpopular teacher

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