One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1To the disadvantage of someone or something.‘the plan unfavorably impacted on sales’‘her mother's actions always reflected unfavorably upon her’‘the new figures compare unfavorably with other parts of the world facing similar issues’
- ‘A person's mental health may be unfavourably affected by excessive pretensions.’
- ‘Going into the game, the odds are already stacked unfavourably against someone or something.’
- ‘Repeated exposure to nitrite could lead to an unfavourably high frequency of mutations.’
- ‘Dentists generally recommend extraction of unfavourably positioned wisdom teeth.’
- ‘The weather is still unfavourably warm for young seedlings.’
2With a lack of approval or support.‘his books were viewed unfavorably and fell out of print’‘any innovations were regarded unfavorably’
- ‘Slow readers are more likely to be rated unfavourably than are faster readers.’
- ‘This was noticed unfavourably by local ministers, especially the evangelical Willison.’
- ‘There is often a fear that research that crosses fields and disciplines will be treated unfavourably.’
- ‘Would you not be upset if someone ventured an opinion which would make me look unfavourably at you?’
- ‘The collection of poems was unfavourably reviewed.’
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