un·​ful·​filled ˌən-fu̇(l)-ˈfild How to pronounce unfulfilled (audio)
 also  -fə(l)-
: not fulfilled:
: not filled : unsatisfied, unmet
… vital unfulfilled needs of the nation …Harry Truman
: not carried out : not accomplished or finished
unfulfilled goals
unfulfilled shipments
: not converted into reality
an unfulfilled promise
: 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 California is the biggest example of the unfulfilled promise of a legitimate cannabis market. Martin Kaste, NPR, 5 Apr. 2024 Meanwhile, plenty of lawmakers and others are aware there is $1.8 billion sitting around potentially unspent and not appropriated at a time when $3 billion in requests from state agencies went unfulfilled in next year's budget just passed by the South Carolina House. CBS News, 27 Mar. 2024 Surveys show that young women still aspire to have, on average, between two and three children, a hope that may go unfulfilled due to timing. Riley Robinson, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Mar. 2024 The site is sorely needed, according to officials: The city’s housing needs assessment in 2020 found that Sedona had an unfulfilled need for 1,260 affordable housing units. Ben Brasch, Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2024 Two days later, on Jan. 19, Sacramento hit the seven-year anniversary of its unfulfilled promise to stop such deaths. Ariane Lange, Sacramento Bee, 6 Mar. 2024 The paradox of seemingly successful yet unfulfilled lives is a symptom of the human spirit's relentless pursuit of meaning. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 28 Jan. 2024 The unfulfilled recommendations cover a range of issues, including protective custody, reentry programs and serious mental illness. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2024 The Deer Hunter is a film about friendship, about the ability to survive, about what Shakespeare called the pangs of unfulfilled love, and about how a great country manages to reconcile with itself after a tragedy. Antonio Monda, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unfulfilled was in the 14th century

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“Unfulfilled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfulfilled. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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