un·​en·​cour·​ag·​ing | \ ˌən-in-ˈkər-i-jiŋ How to pronounce unencouraging (audio) , -ˈkə-ri-, -en-\

Definition of unencouraging

: not providing encouragement or a reason for hope : not encouraging an unencouraging reply an unencouraging outlook

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The investigations and any response in this case by FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) are ongoing (read: pathetically slow and unencouraging). Shireen Ahmed, Time, "This Is the Most Anticipated Women’s World Cup Ever. But Corruption and Abuse Still Block Women From Soccer," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of unencouraging

1844, in the meaning defined above

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