un·​fa·​vor·​able ˌən-ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce unfavorable (audio)
: expressing disapproval : negative
unfavorable reviews
: not propitious : disadvantageous
an unfavorable business climate
: not pleasing
an unfavorable feature of the plan
unfavorableness noun
ˌən-ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-blē How to pronounce unfavorable (audio)

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 About 9 in 10 Republicans have an unfavorable view of Biden, and about 9 in 10 Democrats have a negative view of Trump. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 26 June 2024 Holt’s new position comes at a precarious time in the Asian art market tensions rise between China, the US, and Taiwan, which could forecast unfavorable economic and security implications, and Beijing juggling the a real estate crisis that could prove disastrous. Daniel Cassady, ARTnews.com, 26 June 2024 According to an April 2023 report by The Pew Research Center, 72% of Americans had an unfavorable view of Congress. Kenneth S. Birnbaum, Baltimore Sun, 21 June 2024 With voters overall, Trump has a slightly higher unfavorable rating (54%) than Biden (52%). Domenico Montanaro, NPR, 30 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for unfavorable 

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Word History

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of unfavorable was in 1548

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“Unfavorable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfavorable. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


un·​fa·​vor·​able ˌən-ˈfāv-(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce unfavorable (audio)
: expressing disapproval
unfavorable comments
: likely to make difficult or unpleasant
unfavorable weather for a camping trip
unfavorably adverb

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