un·​ful·​filled | \ ˌən-fu̇(l)-ˈfild 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

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President Donald Trump is trying to turn the debate over a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border back to his political advantage as his signature pledge to American voters threatens to become a model of unfulfilled promises. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump tries to turn border debate his way with El Paso rally," 12 Feb. 2019 But when orders started going unfulfilled with no explanation, members became irked. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "How Carola Jain, a Well-Connected New York Investor, Got Duped Into Funding the Fyre Festival," 26 Jan. 2019 Trump believes that his campaign pledges, including his much vaunted — and still-unfulfilled — promise to quickly build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, are still rallying cries. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "Trump escalates immigration rhetoric at rally to boost Cruz," 22 Oct. 2018 So many of the controversies born on the platform, from anti-Semitic stunts to unfulfilled event fiascos, seem to have a common denominator: lack of experience and oversight. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Meet the babysitter who helps Logan Paul stay out of trouble on YouTube," 3 Dec. 2018 The total value of Saudi arms purchases under Mr. Trump is $14.5 billion; the rest of his number represents the Saudis’ reported intentions, which may well remain unfulfilled or be dangled to entice future presidents. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, "Rethinking Saudi Arabia," 30 Nov. 2018 But #MeToo has also been about believing survivors, and the treatment of Kavanaugh’s accusers raises questions about whether that part of the mission remains largely unfulfilled. Juliet Linderman, The Seattle Times, "Hearing on Kavanaugh allegations puts #MeToo to the test," 25 Sep. 2018 The Trump administration is preparing to make another attempt at honoring one of the biggest unfulfilled promises of the president’s election campaign: a $1 trillion upgrade of the nation’s road, rail and energy infrastructure. Ted Mann, WSJ, "Trump Administration to Try Again to Fulfill Infrastructure Pledge," 2 Dec. 2018 Given our region’s years of underfinanced arena plans, unfulfilled promises of teams and vanishing investors, both the NHL and council are understandably still leery. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Only groups standing between Seattle and NHL, new KeyArena are those that want them most," 16 Sep. 2018

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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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