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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Under the Paris agreement, China has promised that its carbon dioxide emissions will peak by 2030 — an unambitious target — but last year’s numbers suggest that China’s future emissions are very difficult to predict. Johannes Urpelainen, Washington Post, "The Paris agreement’s emissions goals may be in trouble, with or without U.S. participation," 1 June 2018 In summary: defensive, unambitious tactics, poor transfer record and a negative attitude. SI.com, "Why David Moyes Is Not the Man to Take West Ham Forward Despite Saving Hammers From Relegation," 15 May 2018 Tiger and Wolf soon discover that Future Man's gaming skills have zero real-world value and that lazy, unambitious gamers don't actually make good soldiers. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Altered what? Netflix already has a great sci-fi series—Hulu does, too," 1 Feb. 2018 The third-act revelation that Peter was an unspectacular boyfriend comes as no surprise, and addresses one of the burning questions raised in so many other lesser films: Why do women stick around for these unambitious, boring dudes? Tom Philip, GQ, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," 11 Mar. 2018 This would represent a bold change in policy and a significant departure from the State’s current approach of setting unambitious goals with no mechanism to compel results. Liam Dillon, latimes.com, "We asked the candidates how they planned to meet housing production goals. Here's how they responded," 7 Mar. 2018 The outline of a new GroKo deal was relatively unambitious. The Economist, "The dwarfs’ uprisingThe SPD’s rank and file could block a new German grand coalition," 18 Jan. 2018 Russia's emissions targets are certainly unambitious, says Alexey Kokorin, director of the climate and energy program at the World Wildlife Fund Russia, an environmental group in Moscow. Angelina Davydova, Science | AAAS, "Russia wants to protect itself from climate change--without reducing carbon emissions," 21 Sep. 2017 Begin with the fact that the Trump presidency is weak, unambitious, and unable to exert significant leverage in any of the policy disputes currently taking place in Washington. Greg Weiner, National Review, "The Return of Congressional Government," 5 Sep. 2017

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1606, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unambitious

: feeling or showing a lack of ambition

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