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

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 Last year, a Chronicle of Higher Education article included survey data showing that 88% of student affairs staff who responded to the survey cited low or uncompetitive pay as a factor for staff leaving student-facing roles. Edward Conroy, Forbes, 13 Mar. 2022 In many of those, the games themselves were about as uncompetitive as that record would suggest. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 25 Apr. 2022 Gas plants, which in many cases were increasingly economically uncompetitive, are also now being dedicated to bitcoin mining. Tim De Chant, Ars Technica, 29 Mar. 2022 Of the six council seats on the ballot in June, only one race will be uncompetitive: nobody filed to run against incumbent Charles Allen (D-Ward 6). Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2022 Despite benefiting from subsidies and mandates since Jimmy Carter was president, wind generation is still uncompetitive. Jonathan Lesser, National Review, 16 Mar. 2022 The country’s supply remains uncompetitive versus other origins like France, consultant Agritel said in a note. Kim Chipman, Bloomberg.com, 11 Mar. 2022 And when wildly uncompetitive districts turn low-turnout party primaries into the only race that matters, gerrymandering accelerates our already toxic polarization and pushes policy to extremes. David Daley, CNN, 8 Feb. 2022 Littrell said the $36,000 his client raised in Los Angeles — most of it illegally — was a drop in the bucket for a congressman in an uncompetitive district with a healthy war chest. CBS News, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of uncompetitive

1885, in the meaning defined above

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16 May 2022

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“Uncompetitive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncompetitive. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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