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unfavorable Syllabification: un·fa·vor·a·ble
Pronunciation: /ˌənˈfāv(ə)rəb(ə)l/
(British unfavourable)

Definition of unfavorable in English:


1Expressing or showing a lack of approval or support: single mothers are often the target of unfavorable press attention
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  • The media coverage of the two visits was noteworthy for its lack of any unfavourable commentary on the government's foreign policy.
  • However most of the reviews she got in the Sydney and Melbourne press were unfavourable.
  • Sydenham's basic premise is that historians have either neglected this revolutionary, or given him a rather unfavourable press.
adverse, critical, hostile, inimical, unfriendly, unsympathetic, negative, scathing;
discouraging, disapproving, uncomplimentary, unflattering
2Adverse; inauspicious: it would be unwise to sell the company while the economic circumstances are so unfavorable
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  • The paper argued that a venture capitalist with highly volatile status was more likely to have an unfavorable economic outcome.
  • The unfavorable economic conditions at home contributed to this year's falling exports, Irwandy said.
  • Her achievement was more impressive given the unfavourable prevailing economic conditions.
gloomy, adverse, inauspicious, unpropitious, disadvantageous;
unsuitable, inappropriate, inopportune



Example sentences
  • He exemplifies the perfect man through his proper conduct regardless of the unfavorableness of circumstance.
  • Also, this can restrict the unfavorableness that noise is superposed on the wiring.
  • Appearances are not a valid means of assessing someone's youth, whose favorableness or unfavorableness is a subjective, not objective, matter.


Pronunciation: /ˌənˈfāv(ə)rəblē/
Example sentences
  • The group said the situation south of the border compared unfavourably with Northern Ireland, where broadband is available to the entire population and has fewer line failures.
  • This five-to-one ratio compares unfavourably with Japan, where more is spent on transport than is collected through tax, and to the US, where the same amount is collected in tax as is spent.
  • Both the pricing of public transport and the taxation of private transport compare unfavourably with other leading nations.

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