un·​com·​pet·​i·​tive | \ ˌən-kəm-ˈpe-tə-tiv How to pronounce uncompetitive (audio) \

Definition of uncompetitive

: not competitive : unable to compete The only real alternative would be to protect those uncompetitive industries against foreign competition.Business Week Greene took his latest Courageous to Australia for the current race, but he says he withdrew it when it proved uncompetitive against other boats backed by fatter treasuries.— John Rousmaniere

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Other Words from uncompetitive

uncompetitiveness noun

Examples of uncompetitive in a Sentence

As long as the school system keeps offering uncompetitive wages, people looking for jobs will apply elsewhere.

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Securities class actions are a unique U.S. invention that continue to make our public equity market uncompetitive with global and private markets. Hal Scott, WSJ, "The SEC’s Misguided Attack on Shareholder Arbitration," 22 Feb. 2019 Steve Sisneros, managing director of airport affairs at Southwest Airlines, points to Kansas City International as an airport that has become uncompetitive, hindering Southwest’s ability to fly there. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Airports Are Building, and Vying for Business, More Than Ever," 14 Nov. 2018 The main driver of GM’s failure a decade ago was its uncompetitive labor contracts. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s GM Collision," 27 Nov. 2018 The point is, Democrats look increasingly uncompetitive for the Senate in states that aren’t at least purple-ish. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The Senate is a huge problem for Democrats," 8 Nov. 2018 Fossil fuels provide cheap, efficient power, whereas green energy remains mostly uncompetitive. Bjorn Lomborg, WSJ, "U.N. Ignores Economics Of Climate," 9 Oct. 2018 He’s been stuck in a series of uncompetitive cars since then and hasn’t been much of a factor on the track, but remains a fan favorite thanks in part to his aggressive driving style and frank personality. Fox News, "F1 great Fernando Alonso announces retirement from series," 14 Aug. 2018 These reactors have proven unaffordable and economically uncompetitive. David Roberts, Vox, "The US is rapidly losing nuclear power. That’s profoundly concerning for climate change.," 11 July 2018 That’s just one of the many ways that vehicles grow uncompetitive over time. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Why the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee flunked their crash tests," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of uncompetitive

1885, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of uncompetitive

: not good enough to compete successfully with others : not competitive

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