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Definition of disfavor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : disapproval, dislike practices looked upon with disfavor
2 : the state or fact of being no longer favored fell into disfavor


disfavored; disfavoring; disfavors

Definition of disfavor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to withhold or withdraw favor from

Examples of disfavor in a Sentence

Noun He regarded their proposal with disfavor. They looked with disfavor upon her. Verb The current laws favor large businesses and disfavor smaller businesses. a style of stage acting that is disfavored by most theatergoers today
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hurwitz does a good job covering the bases of how the Automats flourished, and why, with the post-World War II and Eisenhower era emphasis on interstate highways and fleeing to the suburbs, the Automat slid gradually, then quickly, into disfavor. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, 2 Apr. 2022 That’s one of the great myths of digital transformation that is doing a disfavor to many executives and managers, leading them astray, pouring money and time into digitization projects that fail to move things forward as hoped. Joe Mckendrick, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 Deductible losses thus can help to cushion modest market blows, while the taxable gains that might result from knee-jerk selling can work to your disfavor. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 30 Jan. 2022 An outraged Jean repeatedly raises a stink to their lord about the fact that his former friend is getting all the things that were once rightfully his, which of course puts him in further disfavor with the sniveling Pierre. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 16 Oct. 2021 Social media companies are dragging down the public’s esteem of tech in general, with the spread of misinformation and the erosion of privacy among the top reasons for the disfavor. Kevin T. Dugan, Fortune, 9 Sep. 2021 But the state constitution says the citizens’ redistricting commission can neither favor nor disfavor incumbents. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Aug. 2021 Unlike many states, Wisconsin prudently looks with disfavor on absentee and mail-in voting. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 17 Dec. 2020 Those ideas seem to be falling into disfavor with many. David Harsanyi, National Review, 7 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb China’s year-to-date imports are already running almost a quarter below the pace set in 2021 due to record domestic production, and price controls that disfavor its main suppliers in Indonesia, Russia and Mongolia. Bloomberg.com, 21 Apr. 2022 The most recent are the Fair District Amendments passed by voters in 2010, which prohibit drawing lines to favor or disfavor political parties, incumbents or ethnic groups. Steven Lemongello, orlandosentinel.com, 5 Oct. 2021 The basic premise is that those who provide important services to the public at large cannot harm the public or unreasonably disfavor certain customers. Charles M. Miller, National Review, 8 Oct. 2021 The biggest question is how the Legislature will view the Fair Districts amendments passed by voters in 2010, which ban the redrawing of maps to favor or disfavor a political party, incumbent or racial or ethnic group. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, 20 Sep. 2021 The new rules also limit how districts can be split and say lines can’t favor or disfavor either political party. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 3 Sep. 2021 Can F**k Himself, which is that imbalanced cis-het relationship dynamics, almost all of which disfavor women, plague American TV? Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 25 July 2021 The task force also would investigate whether social media company algorithms favor or disfavor certain candidates. Jonathan J. Cooper And Bob Christie, Star Tribune, 23 June 2021 All public-health bodies outside of Taiwan and Hong Kong seemed to disfavor travel restrictions. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 19 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of disfavor


circa 1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1570, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disfavor


probably from Middle French desfaveur, from des- dis- + faveur favor, from Old French favor

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dis·​fa·​vor | \ dis-ˈfā-vər \

Kids Definition of disfavor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : disapproval She looked with disfavor at the mess.
2 : the condition of being disliked The style has fallen into disfavor.


disfavored; disfavoring

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