untoward

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un- +‎ toward

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untoward (comparative more untoward, superlative most untoward)

  1. Unfavourable, adverse, or disadvantageous.
    • 2004, Jan Riordan, chapter 5, in Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, →ISBN, page 149:
      No untoward effects were reported; however, this was not a blinded or controlled study.
    • 2007, Steven C. Schachter et al., chapter 4, in Behavioral Aspects of Epilepsy: Principles and Practice, →ISBN, page 282:
      However, these guidelines may not be applicable to all individuals with refractory epilepsy, in whom seizure control is not achieved without using polytherapy or resection surgery with their untoward side effects.
  2. Unruly, troublesome; not easily guided.
  3. Unseemly, improper.

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