Meaning of unfavourably in English:


Pronunciation /ʌnˈfeɪv(ə)rəbli/


  • 1To the disadvantage of someone or something.

    ‘the plan unfavourably impacted on sales’
    • ‘her mother's actions always reflected unfavourably upon her’
    • ‘the new figures compare unfavourably with other parts of the world facing similar issues’
    • ‘Dentists generally recommend extraction of unfavourably positioned wisdom teeth.’
    • ‘Going into the game, the odds are already stacked unfavourably against someone or something.’
    • ‘A person's mental health may be unfavourably affected by excessive pretensions.’
    • ‘The weather is still unfavourably warm for young seedlings.’
    • ‘Repeated exposure to nitrite could lead to an unfavourably high frequency of mutations.’
  • 2With a lack of approval or support.

    ‘his books were viewed unfavourably and fell out of print’
    • ‘any innovations were regarded unfavourably’
    • ‘There is often a fear that research that crosses fields and disciplines will be treated unfavourably.’
    • ‘Slow readers are more likely to be rated unfavourably than are faster readers.’
    • ‘The collection of poems was unfavourably reviewed.’
    • ‘This was noticed unfavourably by local ministers, especially the evangelical Willison.’
    • ‘Would you not be upset if someone ventured an opinion which would make me look unfavourably at you?’