un·​en·​light·​en·​ing | \ ˌən-in-ˈlīt-niŋ How to pronounce unenlightening (audio) , -tᵊn-iŋ, -en- \

Definition of unenlightening

: failing to provide knowledge, understanding, or insight : not enlightening an unenlightening explanation/answer

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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, "The House Judiciary Committee Considers Antitrust Law, the Tech Giants, and the Future of News," 14 June 2019 On one level, the explanation for brain avalanches is fairly simple and very unenlightening. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Neuron cascade may be akin to neutral selection in evolution," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of unenlightening

1768, in the meaning defined above

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“Unenlightening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unenlightening. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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