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.
Recent Examples on the Web In practice, America’s diminished labour movement cannot on its own fix the problem of uncompetitive markets, or strike much fear into the hearts of employers. The Economist, "Belligerent unions are a sign of economic health," 7 Nov. 2019 The defense was undisciplined, the offense lacked identity, and nobody seems to have answers as to why the Wolverines came out in their Big Ten season opener totally uncompetitive and unprepared. Laken Litman, SI.com, "Winners and Losers of Week 4 of the College Football Season," 22 Sep. 2019 But in the late 19th century, when new deposits were discovered in East Asia and South America, English tin became uncompetitive and Cornish miners scattered overseas in search of new prospects. Lauren Kent And Nina Dos Santos, CNN, "Britain's last tin mine could reopen as tech companies chase ethical metals," 13 Sep. 2019 More on Tigers: Their at-bats were uncompetitive throughout, swinging early in counts at an array of breaking balls Nova threw at them. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers fall without much of a fight, 8-1 to Chicago White Sox," 7 Aug. 2019 Coal plants have become uncompetitive with other kinds of energy generation in much of the country, despite the Trump administration’s efforts to save them by rolling back federal pollution regulations. New York Times, "As Coal Fades in the U.S., Natural Gas Becomes the Climate Battleground," 26 June 2019 Without the energy, leadership and risk-taking of private citizens like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the hundreds of entrepeneurs and investors inspired by them, our space landscape would be almost entirely unchanged and uncompetitive globally. Charles Beames For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "America is losing the space race," 17 July 2019 This system makes for suppression of the minority party, uncompetitive elections, or both. Steve Mulroy, The New Republic, "To Beat the Gerrymander, Think Outside the Lines," 8 July 2019 Without adopting an extended school year our students will always remain uncompetitive in the civilized world and for jobs in the current marketplace. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your Say: How can we improve public education?," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of uncompetitive

1885, in the meaning defined above

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28 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Uncompetitive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncompetitive. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of uncompetitive

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

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