- not favorable; contrary; adverse: an unfavorable wind.
- not propitious: an unfavorable omen.
- unfortunate; undesirable; disadvantageous: an unfavorable development.
Origin of unfavorable
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Examples from the Web for unfavorably
It also showed a near majority of females view the GOP unfavorably.What Do Women Want? Not the GOP
September 8, 2014
Critics compared it unfavorably with Fargo, for which the Coens had won an Oscar the year before.Dudes and Maudes Abide at New York City Lebowski Fest
August 25, 2014
Which raises the questions—is it enough to reform a body that has been unfavorably compared to the House of Lords?Senate Fight Over Filibuster Reform Rages, With Eye on Nuclear Option
December 13, 2012
This low turnout is remarkable given how unfavorably Obama is viewed by much of the yeoman class.Off the Rails: How the Party of Lincoln Became the Party of Plutocrats
November 22, 2012
The bad news is that Romney is still underwater, meaning that more voters continue to see him unfavorably than favorably.Why Mitt Romney Has the Worst Favorability Ratings in Memory
September 6, 2012
I heard him praise my horse and compare him not unfavorably with his own which he had lost that morning'.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
There is one other aspect of the British character which impressed me unfavorably.Glances at Europe
Sapor had formed the resolution to renew the contest terminated so unfavorably forty years earlier by his grandfather.
This blend of abandonment and secrecy impressed her unfavorably.The Prodigal Father
J. Storer Clouston
The crisis of his life was passed, and unfavorably for his hopes and aims.
Word Origin and History for unfavorably
"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