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ʌnˈpɒp yə lərun·pop·u·lar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unpopularadjective

    regarded with disfavor or lacking general approval

    "unpopular ideas"; "an unpopular war"


  1. unpopularadjective

    lacking popularity

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unpopularadjective

    Not fitted to please the people.

    The practices of these men, under the covert of feigned zeal, made the appearance of sincere devotion ridiculous and unpopular. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, № 37.


  1. unpopular

    Unpopular generally refers to something or someone that is not liked, accepted, or supported by a majority of people or a certain group. This can apply to individuals, ideas, decisions, trends, or any entity that does not receive general approval, acceptance, or favor.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unpopular

    un-pop′ū-lar, adj. not popular: disliked by the people.—n. Unpopular′ity, the state of being unpopular.—adv. Unpop′ularly, in an unpopular manner: not popularly.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unpopular in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unpopular in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of unpopular in a Sentence

  1. G. K. Chesterton:

    By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece.

  2. Andrew Guernsey:

    Pro-life speech is often very unpopular speech on campus, and too many campuses and students have little tolerance for it.

  3. Armando Queiroga:

    It's bitter. It's unfortunate. It's unpopular, it shouldn't have happened. (But) the important thing is we took action.

  4. William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne:

    My esoteric doctrine, is that if you entertain any doubt, it is safest to take the unpopular side in the first instance. Transit from the unpopular, is easy... but from the popular to the unpopular is so steep and rugged that it is impossible to maintain it.

  5. Rand Paul:

    The Bill of Rights is not for the prom queen. The Bill of Rights isn't for the high school quarterback, the Bill of Rights is for those who are unpopular, for those who want to speak their mind.

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