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

Examples of unfulfilled in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His largely remains a story of unfulfilled promise. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Could Ohio State football’s 2021 recruiting class be the best in Buckeye history?," 19 Mar. 2020 Her plans went unfulfilled, though, due to a lack of donations. Jillian Keenan, Wired, "To Combat Sexual Assault, Women Are Resorting to Electric Shock Underwear," 19 Mar. 2020 Nine years and two Cup runs later, the repeat has become the promise unfulfilled. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Bruins fill obvious holes, but do they have enough to make another Cup run?," 24 Feb. 2020 That unfulfilled desire, combined with her volunteer work for children’s and educational programs, may have contributed to her decision to leave her wealth to colleges, Jacobs said. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, "She never attended a university, but her estate will give nearly $10 million to community colleges," 28 Dec. 2019 Spencer is a creative who seems to be brimming with unfulfilled desires and potential. Jenna Wortham, New York Times, "Delighted — and Disturbed — by Octavia Spencer’s Rage in ‘Ma’," 31 May 2019 As Trump's re-election campaign heats up, his quest to withdraw the remaining 13,000 to 14,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan remains unfulfilled — so far. Deb Riechmann, chicagotribune.com, "President Trump says peace talks with the Taliban are now ‘dead’," 9 Sep. 2019 And as Trump’s reelection campaign heats up, his quest to withdraw the remaining 14,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan remains unfulfilled — so far. Matthew Lee, The Denver Post, "Plan for Taliban meeting latest bold Trump gamble to unravel," 8 Sep. 2019 Grant requests for nearly 60 St. Paul schools were unfulfilled. J.d. Duggan, Twin Cities, "MN had $25M to spend on school safety. Here’s how east-metro schools benefited.," 18 Oct. 2019

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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 4 Apr. 2020.

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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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