un·​pro·​pi·​tious | \ ˌən-prə-ˈpi-shəs How to pronounce unpropitious (audio) \

Definition of unpropitious

: not likely to have or produce a good result : not favorable or advantageous : not propitious an unpropitious time Jasper could not have selected a more unpropitious moment for his cause.— Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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unpropitiously adverb

Examples of unpropitious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That will be an unpropitious setting for launching a network: if the teams are unclear on the goal, the risk of confusion is considerable. Steve Denning, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 JoyFish sits in a strip mall in an unpropitious space that has seen several restaurants come and go. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of unpropitious

1613, in the meaning defined above

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“Unpropitious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpropitious. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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