un·​com·​pet·​i·​tive | \ˌən-kəm-ˈpe-tə-tiv \

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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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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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 But if making a finals uncompetitive is the standard for ruining the sport, the Warriors may have been too late. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "The Warriors Were Dominant. But How Dominant?," 9 June 2018 There is a difference between uncompetitive and boring, and the NBA’s television ratings records suggest fans haven’t yet been put off by the string of one-sided affairs. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "The Case For Moving the NBA Finals to a Neutral Site," 22 May 2018 That's why many Ohio congressional districts make no geographic sense, and why the races often are so uncompetitive that voters can do little to hold their representatives accountable. Rich Exner, cleveland.com, "Ohio Issue 1 Q&A: congressional redistricting and the ills of gerrymandering - Election preview," 3 May 2018 The trouble with health care is that frankly, the government has asserted itself too much in our health care system and it's become too bureaucratic and uncompetitive. Angela Hart, sacbee, "Will California fail financially without single-payer health care? Candidates for governor disagree | The Sacramento Bee," 24 Apr. 2018 Photo: Laure d'Utruy for The Wall Street Journal The open-furnace mill closed in 1993, soon after German reunification exposed East Germany’s entire industry as terminally uncompetitive, sending millions into unemployment. Zeke Turner, WSJ, "German Steel Town Fears U.S. Tariffs Would Deal Crushing Blow," 7 Apr. 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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