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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 The Wolverines, after all, looked discombobulated, lifeless and uncompetitive throughout a disastrous performance that left Harbaugh crestfallen. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Jim Harbaugh understands there is no quick fix for Michigan football. Urban Meyer could have told him," 15 Nov. 2020 The Lions are 13-29-1 under Patricia, a .314 winning percentage, and have looked sadly uncompetitive in many of their games. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Texans throttle Lions, 41-25, in what may be Matt Patricia's final game as head coach," 26 Nov. 2020 Michigan looked uncompetitive from the outset and collapsed in front of a national television audience. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "How to describe Michigan football's worst loss under Jim Harbaugh? 'A horror movie'," 15 Nov. 2020 But even with all this new demand, Kamler says robots are the key to ramping up output –- because expanding manual production lines on that scale will push costs too high, and make his bikes uncompetitive. Jenny Leonard, Bloomberg.com, "Only Robots Can Bring Factories Back to U.S., Says Bike Pioneer," 31 Oct. 2020 In the uncompetitive states, the presidential candidate may not even visit after the primaries. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "What Trump’s Performance Will Signal about the GOP’s Future," 28 Oct. 2020 Those uncompetitive districts moved all the action to GOP primaries, which created all manner of perverse incentives for alt-right ideologues, white nationalists, and conspiracy theorists to move into maximum influence—and at times, elective office. David Daley, The New Republic, "Inside the Republican Plot for Permanent Minority Rule," 15 Oct. 2020 The opposition argued such a mandate would sink America's ever-rising IT industry, making the country's tech uncompetitive. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "The encryption wars are back on in Congress. Here’s what’s at stake," 29 June 2020 While the outgoing model had become uncompetitive over the years against the newer Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, this new Rogue looks more attractive on the outside, features a more upscale cabin, and promises improved driving dynamics. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2021 Nissan Rogue Looks Like a Big Improvement," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of uncompetitive

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uncompetitive was in 1885

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16 Jan 2021

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“Uncompetitive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncompetitive. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of uncompetitive

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

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