un·​en·​thu·​si·​as·​tic | \ ˌən-in-ˌthü-zē-ˈa-stik How to pronounce unenthusiastic (audio) , -en- also -ˌthyü- \

Definition of unenthusiastic

: having or showing a lack of excitement or enthusiasm : not enthusiastic an unenthusiastic response an unenthusiastic crowd

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unenthusiastically \ ˌən-​in-​ˌthü-​zē-​ˈa-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce unenthusiastic (audio) , -​en-​ also  -​ˌthyü-​ \ adverb
a suggestion that was greeted unenthusiastically

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Recent Examples on the Web Pelosi on Thursday was unenthusiastic about Biden's second bill, never mind combining it into the infrastructure measure. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Not enough: Liberals balk at Biden infrastructure bill," 1 Apr. 2021 Phil adored that cat, and the cat—improbably, given his otherwise unenthusiastic feelings about humanity—returned the favor. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "Why Animals Don’t Get Lost," 29 Mar. 2021 The reception in Albany, however, has traditionally been unenthusiastic. New York Times, "A Casino in Manhattan? Strapped Developers Hope So," 21 Jan. 2021 Shares in Microsoft are down 1.7% in pre-market after the tech giant delivered an unenthusiastic top-line outlook. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Not even Big Tech can save investors from the latest markets plunge," 28 Oct. 2020 This year’s lousy oil-and-gas earnings have turned off many investors, who remain unenthusiastic about the companies despite a modest rebound in crude prices from the historic lows of this spring. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "Pandemic Pain Persists for Big Oil Companies," 1 Oct. 2020 Democrat Joe Biden and his allies have seized on the issue, although there are new signs that would-be supporters, especially in the Latino community, remain unenthusiastic about Biden's candidacy. Steve Peoples, Star Tribune, "2020 Watch: How much more damage can Woodward do?," 14 Sep. 2020 Assessments by businesses surveyed by the Federal Reserve range from unenthusiastic to glum. Paul Krugman, Arkansas Online, "PAUL KRUGMAN: The Attack of the Invisible Anarchists," 5 Sep. 2020 Vice President Mike Pence is on a mission to fire up Arizona’s pro-police voters while connecting to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, some of whom are unenthusiastic about the tenure of President Donald Trump. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Arizona Republic, "'It’s our responsibility to get behind Donald Trump': Pence in Arizona to fire up pro-police, LDS voters," 12 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of unenthusiastic

1805, in the meaning defined above

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“Unenthusiastic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unenthusiastic. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unenthusiastic

: having or showing a lack of excitement or interest : not enthusiastic

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