- not favorable; contrary; adverse: an unfavorable wind.
- not propitious: an unfavorable omen.
- unfortunate; undesirable; disadvantageous: an unfavorable development.
Origin of unfavorable
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for unfavorable
For The Net Party, the road is long, the game is dirty and the odds are unfavorable.Argentina’s Drag & Drop Democracy
March 12, 2014
Overall, 10 percent of Kentuckians had a favorable view of Bevin to 17 percent unfavorable.Tea Partier Matt Bevin Is Selling Himself as the Anti-Mitch McConnell
February 8, 2014
If the experience is a lousy one, the collective opinion will be unfavorable.No One Wins Washington’s Zero-Sum Games
October 11, 2013
For one thing, anybody who has been reviewed with rare exceptions has gotten favorable and unfavorable reviews.Pamela Paul Talks Future of New York Times Book Review
April 12, 2013
Unfavorable polls, once discounted as the byproduct of an ambitious agenda, were only getting worse — recently much worse.Bobby Jindal Backs Away From Big Ideas
April 9, 2013
A battle then follows, which is unfavorable to Ongenþew's army.Beowulf
To establish and limit a loss on an unfavorable purchase of actual sugar.About sugar buying for Jobbers
B. W. Dyer
Grease or resin in the water used for washing, is also unfavorable.Hittel on Gold Mines and Mining
John S. Hittell
For the most part the unfavorable geographical position is to blame.Bremen Cotton Exchange
Andreas Wilhelm Cramer
For two days the wind was unfavorable; the captain did not come on deck.
Word Origin and History for unfavorable
"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