un·​fa·​vor·​able | \ ˌən-ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce unfavorable (audio) , -ˈfā-vər-bəl \

Definition of unfavorable

b : expressing disapproval : negative unfavorable reviews
2 : not propitious : disadvantageous an unfavorable business climate
3 : not pleasing an unfavorable feature of the plan

Other Words from unfavorable

unfavorableness noun
unfavorably \ ˌən-​ˈfā-​v(ə-​)rə-​blē How to pronounce unfavorable (audio) , -​ˈfā-​vər-​bəl \ adverb

Examples of unfavorable in a Sentence

She formed an unfavorable impression of him. the company chose to accept the unfavorable settlement rather than spend more money on legal fees
Recent Examples on the Web In a 7-3 vote, the commissioners sent the issue to the City Council with an unfavorable recommendation. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 17 May 2022 Between 1960 and 2010, the unfavorable stereotyping of members of the opposing party increased by 50 percent, according toa 2012 study led by the Stanford political scientist Shanto Iyengar. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 13 May 2022 Revenue for the international channels fell 3% year over year (to $1.29 billion) but operating income plunged 30%, to $245 million, because of channel shutdowns and unfavorable FX exchanges. Todd Spangler, Variety, 11 May 2022 Heat rash, on the other hand—another unfavorable sun reaction—is caused by overheating of the skin, Dr. Hale adds. ​jessica Migala, SELF, 9 May 2022 An unfavorable approach is to ignore or avoid poor manager behavior. Simone E. Morris, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Morning Consult has Biden’s approval ratings as more unfavorable than favorable in 40 states, including a net -32 rating in Alabama. al, 29 Apr. 2022 In the end, Russian forces tried unsuccessfully a half-dozen times to cross that river, using a pontoon bridge and driving across a marshy area, all in unfavorable locations and under Ukrainian artillery fire. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 But an unfavorable ruling by the Supreme Court -- which resumes its hearing on Tuesday -- would leave Khan's leadership hanging by a thread. Rhea Mogul And Sophia Saifi, CNN, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unfavorable

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Unfavorable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfavorable. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for unfavorable


un·​fa·​vor·​able | \ ˌən-ˈfā-və-rə-bəl How to pronounce unfavorable (audio) \

Kids Definition of unfavorable

1 : expressing or showing disapproval an unfavorable comment
2 : likely to make difficult or unpleasant We had unfavorable weather for our trip.

Other Words from unfavorable

unfavorably \ -​blē \ adverb

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