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

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

Examples of unfulfilled in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fact contemporary reports vary as to how many games Shane actually worked is a hint at how little regard this baseball broadcasting trailblazer has received — and how the promise of her hire went unfulfilled. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "Thanks to Harry Caray, the Chicago White Sox added pioneering female announcer Mary Shane in 1977 — and why it didn’t last," 21 Feb. 2021 Additionally, Bennett claimed Corcoran was responsible for a swath of refunds issued for unfulfilled vinyl orders because no vinyl records were ever manufactured. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, "Chance the Rapper Accuses Ex-Manager of Demanding Kickbacks, Exploiting Position in New Lawsuit," 24 Feb. 2021 Do enough key players remain to recapture that unfulfilled promise? David Moore, Dallas News, "How the Cowboys missed their chance to capitalize on momentum built in 2016," 30 Jan. 2021 Then Wilkes filed a lawsuit Monday against the Clippers and team consultant Jerry West alleging he was promised unfulfilled payments to help the team sign Leonard two offseasons ago. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Who is Johnny Wilkes? A look at the man suing the Clippers and Jerry West," 19 Dec. 2020 President Trump has a penchant for grandiose promises that go unfulfilled. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, "What happens to the Space Force after the Trump administration?," 15 Dec. 2020 Yet Welles’s earnest self-regard as an artist was ultimately one of the qualities that distinguished him from the cynical, unfulfilled Mankiewicz. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Herman Mankiewicz, Pauline Kael, and the Battle Over “Citizen Kane”," 14 Nov. 2020 The game’s theme of moving forward to continue helping others remains more than just an unfulfilled idea or slogan. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Meadows Turkey Bowl ready for 31st annual – and special - Thanksgiving Day football game," 9 Nov. 2020 The Arizona Republic requested copies of the ballots in question in order to independently assess the claims, but the request went unfulfilled by Ward's legal team and GOP representatives. Maria Polletta, The Arizona Republic, "Maricopa County judge to hear Arizona GOP request to overturn election results Thursday," 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of unfulfilled

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unfulfilled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfulfilled. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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