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 Harwell said uncompetitive races lead to more extreme legislators, which most Tennesseans don’t want. Kevin Sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Aug. 2023 These corporate disabilities create an uncompetitive, vulnerable, and inhumane system. Anna Oakes, Quartz, 6 June 2023 The only downside is Google's surprisingly short and uncompetitive support window: the Pixel 6a is scheduled to stop getting major Android updates after July 2025. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 10 May 2023 Despite that, Ariya prices are not uncompetitive with vehicles like the Ford Mustang Mach-E; Hyundai Ioniq 5 and 6; Kia EV6, and Volkswagen ID4, some of which qualify for all or part of the federal tax credit. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 7 June 2023 The alliance between American Airlines and JetBlue is the only operation that can match, in size and scope, what Delta is doing, and yet that alliance is being attacked as being uncompetitive. Ben Baldanza, Forbes, 5 May 2023 Its arrival in the soccer world is particularly relevant to the MLS, as one of the minor global soccer leagues that aging stars often seek out as a home to wind down their careers with the promise of a big contract, in a relatively uncompetitive environment compared to Europe’s elite leagues. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 17 July 2023 The alliance’s dissolution is a setback to American’s strategy to grow revenue by relying more heavily on alliance partners to ferry passengers in uncompetitive markets. Reuters, CNN, 5 July 2023 Giessel said that successive legislatures’ flat budgets have had consequences, pointing to a monthslong food stamps backlog, a shortage of public defenders and uncompetitive pay for Alaska State Troopers. Sean Maguire, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2023 See More

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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 25 Sep. 2023.

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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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