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untoward (adj.)

1520s, "not having inclination" (to or for something), also "difficult to manage, unruly," from un- (1) "not" + toward (adj.).

updated on March 02, 2014

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Definitions of untoward from WordNet

untoward (adj.)
not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society;
moved to curb their untoward ribaldry
untoward (adj.)
contrary to your interests or welfare;
made a place for themselves under the most untoward conditions
Synonyms: adverse / inauspicious
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