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

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Recent Examples on the Web Since the court order remains in place and the Justice Department has not appealed it, Mr. Biden's vow to stop most deportations in his first 100 days went unfulfilled. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Biden's first 100 days: How U.S. immigration policy has — and hasn't — changed," 28 Apr. 2021 Her application for financial help also went unfulfilled. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "Pandemic relief meant for Stonecrest businesses lost in city hall turmoil," 18 Apr. 2021 Creating a place for yourself in the market often requires recognizing an unfulfilled need. Eric Fuller, Forbes, "Soundstripe Makes Noise Creating Affordable Royalty Free Music Licenses For Use In Video Productions," 19 Apr. 2021 His career was one of unfulfilled promise after becoming the third pick in the 2014 draft and winning 18 games in his first two seasons on the South Side in 2015-16. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The long road to Carlos Rodón’s no-hitter for the Chicago White Sox is a study in perseverance," 15 Apr. 2021 Cohn carries the story of America’s effort to remake its healthcare system into something more humane, efficient and serviceable back to President Franklin Roosevelt’s unfulfilled dream to make healthcare reform part of the New Deal. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Jonathan Cohn’s history of Obamacare shows how our political system is broken," 15 Mar. 2021 But what many saw as an unimaginable feat of endurance still carried, for him, the sting of an unfulfilled dream. New York Times, "He Climbed 800 Feet in a Wheelchair. Hong Kong Watched in Awe.," 18 Jan. 2021 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

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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 12 May. 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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