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 It’s a small-scale film that many might call unambitious, favoring delicate observation over big emotional payoff. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Sep. 2022 Bill Murray and Harold Ramis star as two unambitious friends who join the Army and find themselves in a platoon of misfits. Amy Mitchell, Country Living, 3 June 2022 The Problem With Jon Stewart is a strikingly unambitious, defiantly untimely show that confuses thrift with substance, as though spending money on anything but office furniture is a sign of intellectual unseriousness. Devin Gordon, The Atlantic, 21 Apr. 2022 Its goal of reaching a 20% ratio seems pretty unambitious compared with its historical levels. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 1 Feb. 2022 Not meeting these targets and setting unambitious goals for lowering emissions have cost the economy a potential NIS 217 billion, the report said. Shoshanna Solomon, Fortune, 10 Dec. 2021 Leaders can ultimately settle for an unambitious agreement that does not push the major emitters outside their comfort zone and leaves vulnerable nations largely on their own. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 Belichick has been careful to give Jones a fairly unambitious menu. New York Times, 7 Dec. 2021 Xi in 2019 said his country would achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, after peaking emissions before 2030, a goal that climate advocates have described as unambitious in the face of the climate crisis. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 See More

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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 29 Sep. 2022.

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