un·​en·​light·​en·​ing ˌən-in-ˈlīt-niŋ How to pronounce unenlightening (audio)
: failing to provide knowledge, understanding, or insight : not enlightening
an unenlightening explanation/answer

Examples of unenlightening in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Democrats and Republicans snarled at one another, and at the witnesses, including John Dean, the Watergate figure, in a predictably sour and unenlightening spectacle. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, 14 June 2019 On one level, the explanation for brain avalanches is fairly simple and very unenlightening. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 16 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1768, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unenlightening was in 1768

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“Unenlightening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unenlightening. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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