un·​en·​cour·​ag·​ing ˌən-in-ˈkər-i-jiŋ How to pronounce unencouraging (audio)
: not providing encouragement or a reason for hope : not encouraging
an unencouraging reply
an unencouraging outlook

Examples of unencouraging in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, 5 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unencouraging was in 1844

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“Unencouraging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unencouraging. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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