un·​am·​bi·​tious ˌən-am-ˈbi-shəs How to pronounce unambitious (audio)
: feeling or showing a lack of ambition : not ambitious
unambitious teenagers
lives a quiet, unambitious life in retirement

Examples of unambitious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, when an apparently innocent citizen like Nichols is tortured and executed by armed agents of the state, reform seems not only unambitious but inadequate. Paul Butler, Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2023 But asked about the prospect of working on bigger American movies, the German actress remains grounded, and surprisingly unambitious. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Sep. 2023 An unambitious plan The quest to replace the US Postal Service's aging and increasingly dangerous Grumman LLVs began in 2015. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 2 May 2023 There is a core of a perfectly reasonable, if unambitious idea: to build databases and simulations of parts of the brain. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 11 July 2014 The agreement was criticized initially for being unambitious, said John Erath, senior policy director for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. Claire Parker, Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2023 Maria is poor, but also unambitious. The Week Staff, The Week, 8 Aug. 2022 Rock had gotten so unambitious. Rob Tannenbaum, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2023 Since being elected Prime Minister last year, Labor politician Anthony Albanese has reversed many of his predecessor Scott Morrison’s environmental policies, which scientists and activists criticized as being unambitious and favoring fossil fuel companies over net-zero commitments. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 23 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unambitious was in 1606

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“Unambitious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unambitious. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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