adjective Date: 1548 1. a. opposed, contrary b. expressing disapproval ; negative <
unfavorable reviews
2. not propitious ; disadvantageous <
an unfavorable business climate
3. not pleasing <
an unfavorable feature of the plan
unfavorableness noununfavorably adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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