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[uhn-pop-yuh-ler] /ʌnˈpɒp yə lər/
not popular; disliked or ignored by the public or by persons generally.
in disfavor with a particular person or group of persons.
Origin of unpopular
1640-50; un-1 + popular
Related forms
unpopularity, noun
unpopularly, adverb Unabridged
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  • They grew up as the leftovers of an unpopular war, straddling two worlds but belonging to neither.
  • The expense of moving, storing and maintaining them made the machines increasingly unpopular with budget-squeezing officials.
  • Yet housing first projects can be unpopular among both charities and the public.
  • In fact, some of the great scientific advances were the result of unpopular or discredited theories.
  • They are risking their careers on what will surely be an unpopular suggestion.
  • Unfortunately, that which is in theory the popular part of our government, is in practise the unpopular part.
  • To deliver the blazing speed of fiber optics without digging up the streets-a slow, costly and unpopular process.
  • Skeptics, used to the old ways, had predicted that the electronic market would be unpopular.
  • Such protectionist measures are unpopular with economists.
  • Good policy, bad public relations: the excuse of unpopular governments everywhere.
British Dictionary definitions for unpopular


not popular with an individual or group of people
Derived Forms
unpopularity (ˌʌnpɒpjʊˈlærɪtɪ) noun
unpopularly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unpopular

1640s, from un- (1) "not" + popular.

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