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[uhn-fey-ver-uh-buh l] /ʌnˈfeɪ vər ə bəl/
not favorable; contrary; adverse:
an unfavorable wind.
not propitious:
an unfavorable omen.
unfortunate; undesirable; disadvantageous:
an unfavorable development.
Origin of unfavorable
1540-50; Middle English; see un-1, favorable
Related forms
unfavorableness, noun
unfavorably, adverb Unabridged
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  • However, the unfavorable weather and huge base of snow meant the avalanche risk was too high to try.
  • It is only when you speculate with a clear knowledge of the unfavorable results for the clients that you shall be blamed.
  • He focuses on the unfavorable side of the problem and finds plenty reasons to complain.
  • They have suppressed the unfavorable studies and lied.
  • Have to face the fact even if it is unfavorable to us.
  • These unfavorable odds can be incredibly demoralizing.
  • More often, a gallery will remove pieces that it deems inappropriate or governments will ban unfavorable works.
  • The unfavorable case is a collage of potential unfavorable outcomes rather than a single scenario.
  • The reason: unfavorable exchange rates, higher costs, an unfavorable mix of vehicles and lower net pricing.
  • Long periods of heavy rain can cause flooding even if all other factors are unfavorable for flooding.
British Dictionary definitions for unfavorable


/ʌnˈfeɪvərəbəl; -ˈfeɪvrə-/
not favourable; adverse or inauspicious
Derived Forms
unfavourableness, (US) unfavorableness, noun
unfavourably, (US) unfavorably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unfavorable

mid-15c. (implied in unfavorably), from un- (1) "not" + favorable. Related: Unfavorably.

"We must not indulge in unfavorable views of mankind, since by doing it we make bad men believe that they are no worse than others, and we teach the good that they are good in vain." [Walter Savage Landor, "Imaginary Conversations"]

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