un·​am·​bi·​tious | \ ˌən-am-ˈbi-shəs How to pronounce unambitious (audio) \

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 My personal view is that incumbent European banks have, with a few exceptions, failed to innovate and continue to be hampered by poor corporate governance and incentive structures, and unambitious governments and regulators. Mike O'sullivan, Forbes, 26 June 2021 His early objective was to administer 100 million shots in 100 days, a goal considered unambitious by public health experts. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, 16 Mar. 2021 The script is laughably unambitious, meaning Good Times is a movie about Sonny and Cher deciding whether or not to make a movie. Elle Carroll, Vulture, 20 May 2021 The law was hopelessly unambitious, howled critics. The Economist, 8 May 2021 Approximately two months is unambitious but arguably an acceptable delay to collect, review and present relevant evidence. Eric Zorn, chicagotribune.com, 29 Apr. 2021 That goal was initially 100 million shots in 100 days, which public health experts deemed too unambitious. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, 21 Apr. 2021 Straightforward political graft is usually exceedingly unambitious. Adrian Daub, The New Republic, 21 Apr. 2021 The Biden administration easily surpassed its initial goal to administer 100 million shots in his first 100 days in office, an objective deemed too unambitious at the outset by public health experts, with about 40 days to spare. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, 30 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of unambitious

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 1 Aug. 2021.

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: feeling or showing a lack of ambition

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