Unfavorable vs Dismal - What's the difference?

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Unfavorable is a related term of dismal.

As adjectives the difference between unfavorable and dismal

is that unfavorable is disadvantageous, adverse, unsuitable, inconducive; serving to hinder or oppose while dismal is disappointingly inadequate.



Alternative forms

* unfavourable


(en adjective)
  • Disadvantageous, adverse, unsuitable, inconducive; serving to hinder or oppose.
  • * 1863 , , Excursions , ch. 6:
  • The shade of a dense pine wood, is more unfavorable to the springing up of pines of the same species than of oaks within it.
  • Not favorable, disapproving.
  • * 1860 , , The Mill on the Floss , ch. 11:
  • [Y]et the thing she most dreaded was to offend the gypsies, by betraying her extremely unfavorable opinion of them.
  • (of wind or weather) Causing obstacles or delay; not conducive to travel or work; inclement.
  • * 1855 , , Israel Potter , ch. 17:
  • The wind was right under the land, the tide unfavorable.
  • Not auspicious; ill-boding.
  • * 1903 , , The Filigree Ball , ch. 6:
  • The fact that the bride went through the ceremony without her bridal bouquet is looked upon by many as an unfavorable omen.

    Usage notes

    * Nouns to which "unfavorable" is often applied: condition, circumstance, weather, climate, outcome, result, opinion, view, impression, effect, consequence, impact, influence, environment, balance, information, report, prognosis, rating, evaluation, review, position, factor, feature, aspect, reaction, response, attitude, season, development, treatment, ruling, case, state, experience, inference.


    * favorable




    (en adjective)
  • Disappointingly inadequate.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=April 22, author=Sam Sheringham, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Liverpool 0-1 West Brom , passage=Liverpool's efforts thereafter had an air of desperation as their dismal 2012 league form continued.}}
  • Gloomy and bleak.
  • Depressing.
  • *, chapter=12
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=So, after a spell, he decided to make the best of it and shoved us into the front parlor. 'Twas a dismal sort of place, with hair wreaths, and wax fruit, and tin lambrekins, and land knows what all. It looked like a tomb and smelt pretty nigh as musty and dead-and-gone.}}

    Usage notes

    * Nouns to which "dismal" is often applied: failure, performance, state, record, place, result, scene, season, year, economy, future, fate, weather, news, condition, history.


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * dismal science