undistinguished

adjective
un·​dis·​tin·​guished | \ ˌən-di-ˈstiŋ-(g)wisht How to pronounce undistinguished (audio) \

Definition of undistinguished

: not distinguished: such as
a : not marked by eminence, distinction, or quality a bland, undistinguished pop album an undistinguished career
b : not perceived as distinct : not differentiated The disease [syphilis] was first noticed in Europe at the end of the fifteenth century, though it may have existed before then undistinguished from leprosy.— Wayne Biddle

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After 28 years of undistinguished service in Congress, Mr. Bolsonaro was widely dismissed as a marginal figure. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Brazil’s Bolsonaro Is 2018’s Biggest Winner," 7 Jan. 2019 For the next quarter-century, the list of major-leaguers from Las Vegas consisted of little more than a handful of mostly undistinguished players, a group highlighted by the likes of Marty Cordova, Doug Mirabelli and Ryan Ludwick. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "How Las Vegas Became a Hot Spot for Baseball," 10 Dec. 2018 In 2015, the Astros did have Hader, as a relatively undistinguished double-A prospect. Bill Shaikin, latimes.com, "Three up, three down: Ichiro Suzuki heads to front office; Astros closer Ken Giles struggles again," 5 May 2018 Minassian spent a brief and undistinguished two months in 2017 as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces before dropping out. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Incel: What it is and why Alek Minassian praised Elliot Rodger," 25 Apr. 2018 Throughout the 1930s and early 1940s, the bespectacled, undistinguished-looking Himmler enjoyed having Ms. Gudrun at his side, as a blond, blue-eyed symbol of Aryan youth. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Gudrun Burwitz, ever-loyal daughter of Nazi mastermind Heinrich Himmler, dies at 88," 11 July 2018 By 1849, Lincoln’s only term as a representative comes to an undistinguished end. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "New in Paperback: ‘Sapiens,’ ‘Men Without Women’," 29 June 2018 Throughout the 1930s and early 1940s, the bespectacled, undistinguished-looking Himmler enjoyed having Gudrun at his side, as a blond, blue-eyed symbol of Aryan youth. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Gudrun Burwitz, ever-loyal daughter of Nazi mastermind Heinrich Himmler, dies at 88," 30 June 2018 His mostly undistinguished minor-league career began in 1940. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "The undertaker who brought Jim Konstanty to life | Frank's Place," 23 June 2018

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1600, in the meaning defined above

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