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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Now, the death of Richard Shields affected Maitland's purposes both favorably and unfavorably.

    The Mark Of Cain Andrew Lang
  • I heard him praise my horse and compare him not unfavorably with his own which he had lost that morning'.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • Every change in the great offices of state affected Juda, at times favorably, but more often unfavorably.

  • The crisis of his life was passed, and unfavorably for his hopes and aims.

  • Criticise, favorably or unfavorably, the descriptions of any travel talk you may have heard recently.

    The Art of Public Speaking Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
Word Origin and History for unfavorably



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"]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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