Definition of unfavourable in English:


(US unfavorable)


  • 1Expressing or showing a lack of approval or support.

    ‘single mothers are often the target of unfavourable press attention’
    • ‘All they get is criticism and unfavorable comparison with their foreign colleagues.’
    • ‘What I read was an unfavourable description of myself, a documentation of my failings as a decent human being - and all entirely true.’
    • ‘All previous home condition reports have to be included in the pack, and there will be a record held on a central register, so hiding unfavourable surveys won't be an option.’
    • ‘Although he sounds completely satisfied with the band, Andrew is also disappointed with the content of a few unfavourable record reviews.’
    • ‘He flew to a military base to shore up his support in the face of unfavourable polls and growing unease in Washington about the conflict.’
    • ‘Sydenham's basic premise is that historians have either neglected this revolutionary, or given him a rather unfavourable press.’
    • ‘Surely they can't stand idly by while their party leader levels accusations of treason at newspapers just because their coverage is unfavourable to him.’
    • ‘I have received the lion's share of unfavourable media attention and felt the heat of public scrutiny for two weeks.’
    • ‘A famously lapsed Catholic herself, Greer's desire to criticise the document in unfavourable terms is not surprising.’
    • ‘Readers and other members of the public, sensing a clear impulse to beat down an unfavourable report, must have suspected some truth was giving offence.’
    • ‘Despite this negative conclusion regarding one of his aims I do not want to leave the reader with an unfavourable impression of the book.’
    • ‘The best response to either a favourable or an unfavourable review is to ignore it, except perhaps to discuss a point or two raised in it, or to point out an actual error.’
    • ‘The Department head took away some of her responsibilities, she said, and then wrote unfavourable reports about her performance.’
    • ‘However most of the reviews she got in the Sydney and Melbourne press were unfavourable.’
    • ‘Is this simply a way of diverting attention from the unfavourable headlines some have faced in recent months?’
    • ‘Critical judgement of the play has tended to be unfavourable.’
    • ‘In recent years, Schröder has filed a series of lawsuits to deflect unfavourable media attention, on one occasion suing a journalist who accused him of dying his hair.’
    • ‘However, as a result of unfavourable press, the company decided it faced what it referred to as a genuine moral issue and changed its views of these men.’
    • ‘The high prices at many airports have incurred many complaints and also drew unfavourable media attention.’
    • ‘The media coverage of the two visits was noteworthy for its lack of any unfavourable commentary on the government's foreign policy.’
    adverse, critical, hostile, inimical, unfriendly, antagonistic, unsympathetic, negative
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  • 2Likely to lead to an adverse outcome.

    ‘unfavourable economic conditions’
    • ‘In contrast, Zambia's imports rose in the same period under review leading to unfavourable trade imbalances.’
    • ‘The assessment also includes the likely favourable and unfavourable consequences of the decision for oneself and for others.’
    • ‘Her achievement was more impressive given the unfavourable prevailing economic conditions.’
    • ‘This is because the early-arriving males often suffer from unfavorable weather conditions and lack of suitable food.’
    • ‘Active management of labor is not associated with unfavorable maternal or neonatal outcomes.’
    • ‘The purpose is not in doubt: to inform all parties as soon as possible of the outcome, but apparently only where that outcome is unfavourable to the applicant.’
    • ‘Detection is diagnostic of myocardial damage in patients admitted with suspected acute coronary syndromes and indicates an unfavourable outcome.’
    • ‘In the Eurobond markets there is a growing list of potential issuers who have postponed or cancelled issues because of unfavourable or poor market conditions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We used repeat deliberate self harm as a marker of an unfavourable outcome.’
    • ‘He said special attention will be paid to overcoming the unfavourable demographic situation by supporting parents.’
    • ‘To prevent an unfavourable outcome, ultimately for all members of society, careful consideration of diverse issues surrounding human tissue is needed.’
    • ‘It is more likely that change of paternal genes or antigens would result in heterogeneous outcomes rather than unfavourable pregnancy outcomes.’
    • ‘One could go so far as to say that tests have been designed to conceal unfavourable outcomes.’
    • ‘The evidence linking increased weight with unfavourable levels of objective physical health indicators is well supported.’
    • ‘Their low altitude, the unfavourable climatic conditions and the fire were the factors that led to the fatal outcome.’
    • ‘One question, for example, asks them to recount in 100 words a recent stressful incident in which they averted an unfavourable outcome.’
    • ‘From this we can predict favourable and unfavourable outcomes.’
    • ‘Both teams have poor fan support and unfavorable stadium contracts.’
    disadvantageous, adverse, inauspicious, unpropitious, unfortunate, unlucky, unhappy, detrimental, bad, gloomy
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