What does the word untoward mean?

Usage examples for untoward

  1. By the Councils Letter which you must have receivd, you will see that Events untoward have taken place at Penobscot. – The Original Writings of Samuel Adams, Volume 4 by Samuel Adams
  2. The least political disturbance in Egypt, an unsuccessful campaign, or any untoward incident of a troubled reign, sufficed to break up the precarious stability of these remote establishments. – Manual Of Egyptian Archaeology And Guide To The Study Of Antiquities In Egypt by Gaston Camille Charles Maspero
  3. It is, indeed, possible that North Carolina, untoward circumstances having their due weight, has made more progress in education, since 1840, than any other state of the Union. – Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions by George S. Boutwell