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unpopular

[uhn-pop-yuh-ler] /ʌnˈpɒp yə lər/
adjective
1.
not popular; disliked or ignored by the public or by persons generally.
2.
in disfavor with a particular person or group of persons.
Origin of unpopular
1640-1650
First recorded in 1640-50; un-1 + popular
Related forms
unpopularity, noun
unpopularly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unpopular
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  • The budget of the government introduced January 17th was unpopular.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Stoliker began to feel, poor man, that the paths of duty were unpopular.

  • I told you I was unpopular: I don't see anybody at all any more.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • In doing so I was at times necessarily "ugly," and therefore to some unpopular.

  • Lydia saw now that whether she was believed or not, she was bound to be most unpopular.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for unpopular

unpopular

/ʌnˈpɒpjʊlə/
adjective
1.
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
adj.

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

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