un·​ful·​filled | \ ˌən-fu̇(l)-ˈfild also -fə(l)- How to pronounce unfulfilled (audio) \

Definition of unfulfilled

: not fulfilled:
a : not filled : unsatisfied, unmet … vital unfulfilled needs of the nation …— Harry Truman
b : not carried out : not accomplished or finished unfulfilled goals unfulfilled shipments
c : not converted into reality an unfulfilled promise
d : not having reached a point of satisfaction or happiness … a family that includes a supportive yet equally unfulfilled wife …— Matt Roush

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The Goals program was in many ways a success, but to look at our divided city, so rich and so poor at once, is to know that many of its promises remain unfulfilled. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "Data is shaping the future of Dallas, but be careful what you wish for," 1 Aug. 2019 Virtual Reality Virtual reality’s promises appear to remain unfulfilled, despite an initial hype phase. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Finance Is on the Cusp of Huge Change: CEO Daily," 20 June 2019 But voice commerce remains a largely unfulfilled promise; most of us aren't ordering anything through our smart speakers. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Hey Alexa, Why Is Voice Shopping So Lousy?," 17 June 2019 Several reforms promised more than a year ago by Governor Charlie Baker and Colonel Kerry Gilpin have been partially, if not entirely, unfulfilled. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "State trooper convicted in overtime scandal sentenced to time served," 20 June 2019 Once inside, she was met with a never-ending stream of people begging for help with small emergencies, medical expenses, and unfulfilled needs. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "The Groups Where Thousands of Facebook Users Ask for Money," 10 June 2019 But there are stark limitations to that dream that a new nonpartisan statewide survey lays bare, a yearning unfulfilled in California’s inland regions and among communities of color and those with fewer years of formal education. John Myers, latimes.com, "For Californians, the golden dream depends on where you live and how much you earn," 9 June 2019 But promises of reading a book or napping while your car ferries you off to work remain unfulfilled. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "When Are Self-Driving Cars Actually Coming?," 25 Apr. 2019 Crucial parts of the accords — things like providing reparations for victims, reintegration of former combatants into society, and developing the country’s poorest and most rural areas — have gone unfulfilled. Megan Janetsky, Teen Vogue, "Meet the Women Who Detonate Land Mines in Colombia’s Former War Zones," 24 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of unfulfilled

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unfulfilled

: not yet achieved
: not feeling happy and satisfied about life : feeling that your abilities and talents are not being fully used

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