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Definition of unambitious

: feeling or showing a lack of ambition : not ambitious unambitious teenagers lives a quiet, unambitious life in retirement

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Recent Examples on the Web Yes, Hayes plays a woman — a deeply unambitious woman in a small Wisconsin town who doesn’t know what to do with her life. Jason Sheeler, PEOPLE.com, "Sean Hayes on Playing a Woman in His New Movie Lazy Susan: ‘This Isn’t Drag'," 10 Apr. 2020 The game does so little to change or progress the logic of the Half-Life series that, if such a thing had been done before in VR, it would be called unambitious. Julie Muncy, Wired, "Half-Life: Alyx Shows VR's Power, but Might Not Win Converts," 25 Mar. 2020 Why Ford’s guidance for 2020 is so unambitious is less clear. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Ford Skids Again but Might Yet Pass GM," 5 Feb. 2020 Nevertheless, the government’s unambitious climate policies are one reason Mr Morrison clung onto his job at a general election in May, when pundits had expected a big victory for the Labor Party. The Economist, "A burning question Why was Australia’s government so ill-prepared for the bushfires?," 11 Jan. 2020 Had the target been reached easily is would surely have been criticised as unambitious. The Economist, "Slowly, HIV is being beaten," 28 Nov. 2019 But the package wending its way through the legislative system is laughably unambitious. Washington Post, "Germany’s Crisis Is a Very Good Thing," 1 Dec. 2019 Critics to the left of Trudeau say both leaders have unambitious plans that are scant on details. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, "Former sensation Justin Trudeau fighting for his political life in Canada’s election," 19 Oct. 2019 Related Articles The cast bifurcates between longtime small-theater standouts (Craig Johnson is a kind-but-firm colonel; Carl Schoenborn an unambitious captain; Bob Malos a gung-ho but circumspect sergeant-major) and relative newcomers. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Theater review: Gremlin’s ‘Journey’s End’ rewards patient audience," 25 Oct. 2019

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1606, in the meaning defined above

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“Unambitious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unambitious. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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: feeling or showing a lack of ambition

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