un·​ful·​fill·​ing | \ ˌən-fu̇(l)-ˈfi-liŋ How to pronounce unfulfilling (audio) also -fə(l)- \

Definition of unfulfilling

: not providing happiness or satisfaction : not fulfilling an unfulfilling job/relationship

Examples of unfulfilling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Josh Bilicki of Richfield used pit strategy to lead his first first laps in the Xfinity Series competition but left the Henry 180 with an unfulfilling 17th-place finish. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Local driver Sam Mayer finishes his first race at Road America with a broken wrist and runner-up finish," 8 Aug. 2020 Can a bland and unfulfilling life be redeemed and given meaning and an opportunity to find love in the midst of a violent and hopeless struggle against oppression? courant.com, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 7 Aug. 2020 Yet the narrator’s unfulfilling day job serves largely as context for a drifting parable on the gradations of privilege. Washington Post, "In Lynn Steger Strong’s ‘Want,’ a woman collapses under the obligations of modern life," 9 July 2020 Tired of not being taken seriously as a meteorologist and of her unfulfilling dating life, Leah (Cindy Busby) decides to focus on her career. Katey Clifford, al, "‘Love in the Forecast’ | How to watch, live stream, TV channel, time," 13 June 2020 The Irish offense didn’t offer much of a threat to try to break the tie in the final minute which led to the unfulfilling finish in a game mired by mistakes. Tyler James, Indianapolis Star, "Recounting Notre Dame football's wildest games of the last 30 years," 2 May 2020 So often, trying to eat healthier foods translates to eating boring or unfulfilling meals, which then further translates to a slippery slide back to bad habits. Justin Ward, ExpressNews.com, "The secret to building a tasty, satisfying salad," 1 Jan. 2020 Death Stranding also focuses an amazing but ultimately unfulfilling level of simulation detail on micromanagement of Sam’s condition. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Death Stranding is Kojima unleashed, and it’s as weird as you’d expect," 1 Nov. 2019 In the movie, Leonardo DiCaprio plays Rick Dalton, who was the star of a w estern television series in the 1950s and early 1960s, but by the time of the movie in 1969 has seen his career diminish into a series of unfulfilling guest roles. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, "The ‘Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood’ ending, explained," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of unfulfilling

1822, in the meaning defined above

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“Unfulfilling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfulfilling. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unfulfilling

: not providing happiness or satisfaction : not fulfilling

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