un·​com·​pet·​i·​tive ˌən-kəm-ˈpe-tə-tiv How to pronounce uncompetitive (audio)
: 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
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.
Recent Examples on the Web There are two main reasons why House elections are so uncompetitive: polarization and gerrymandering. Abdallah Fayyad, Vox, 4 July 2024 Sebastian said additional duties above 21% would likely render Tesla’s exports from China to the EU uncompetitive. Laura He, CNN, 13 June 2024 To see the challenge ahead, consider the present state of the U.S. weapons industry, which is already remarkably uncompetitive. Ganesh Sitaraman, Foreign Affairs, 10 Feb. 2020 Can the industry undergo the massive conversion Newsom’s plan envisions in just 21 years – without becoming terminally uncompetitive and shedding the jobs on which so many of the region’s families depend? Dan Walters, Orange County Register, 29 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for uncompetitive 

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uncompetitive was in 1885

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“Uncompetitive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncompetitive. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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un·​com·​pet·​i·​tive ˌən-kəm-ˈpet-ət-iv How to pronounce uncompetitive (audio)
: not competitive : unable to compete
uncompetitiveness noun

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