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untoward

[uhn-tawrd, -tohrd] /ʌnˈtɔrd, -ˈtoʊrd/
adjective
1.
unfavorable or unfortunate:
Untoward circumstances forced him into bankruptcy.
2.
improper:
untoward social behavior.
3.
Archaic. froward; perverse.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; un-1 + toward
Related forms
untowardly, adverb
untowardness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for untoward

untoward

/ˌʌntəˈwɔːd; ʌnˈtəʊəd/
adjective
1.
characterized by misfortune, disaster, or annoyance
2.
not auspicious; adverse; unfavourable
3.
unseemly or improper
4.
out of the ordinary; out of the way
5.
(archaic) refractory; perverse
6.
(obsolete) awkward, ungainly, or uncouth
Derived Forms
untowardly, adverb
untowardness, noun
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Word Origin and History for untoward
adj.

1520s, "not having inclination" (to or for something), also "difficult to manage, unruly," from un- (1) "not" + toward.

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