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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The company said Monday that the number of unfulfilled Model 3 vehicle reservations at the end of last quarter remained around 420,000, even though production has increased and Tesla already has delivered 28,386 of the cars. Samantha Masunaga, latimes.com, "Tesla says Model 3 production nearly tripled last quarter and will keep speeding up," 2 July 2018 Criticism and contempt can arise from unfulfilled expectations, especially if those expectations are quantified. John Gottman, Anchorage Daily News, "Five myths about marriage," 16 June 2018 Shine calls for affluent moms who have left the workforce to stop complaining about feeling unfulfilled and start enjoying being home with their children. Robin Abcarian, latimes.com, "For Trump, #MeToo is #SoWhat? Yet again, his attitude and hires show deep antipathy toward women," 10 July 2018 Skeptics say China has made similar unfulfilled promises to other administrations on issues ranging from reducing overcapacity in steel production to opening up its financial markets. Mark Landler, New York Times, "China Plans Up to $200 Billion in Trade Concessions, but Skepticism Abounds," 17 May 2018 While the Regal GS fulfills the Grand part of its name with a comfortable ride and those wonderful seats, the Sport part still feels unfulfilled to me. Brian Wong, USA TODAY, "Review: Buick Regal GS isn't as princely as it could be," 2 Mar. 2018 Those rocky years of unfulfilled love bonded Philadelphians in a way that little else could. Solomon Jones, Philly.com, "Dear President Trump, leave the Eagles and their long-suffering fans out of your political theater | Solomon Jones," 5 June 2018 With 18 days left to Russia 2018, 90 Minutes presents Croatia, featuring a generation of talented players, but with unfulfilled promise in major tournaments. Karel Janicek, chicagotribune.com, "World Cup Countdown: Talented Croatia arrives with unfulfilled potential," 27 May 2018 Blaine Gabbert carries unfulfilled expectations of being a first-round bust yet has settled into a useful niche lately. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking NFL backup QBs by team: Who has best contingency plan?," 27 June 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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