un·​ful·​fill·​ing | \ ˌən-fu̇(l)-ˈfi-liŋ also -fə(l)- \

Definition of unfulfilling

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

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Many jobs are very difficult, very boring, very unfulfilling. Francesco Marconi, WSJ, "Historian Yuval Noah Harari on the Robot Revolution," 27 Sep. 2018 Putting a household project on hold, dropping an unfulfilling obligation or simply cutting back on screen time leaves more room to soak up all that is summer in Wisconsin. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep it simple and seasonal in the kitchen during summer," 7 June 2018 From 20th Century Fox Television, the single-camera comedy follows a newlywed couple who gives up their unfulfilling New York City Lives for a move to Nebraska. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "Lake Bell and Liz Meriwether's Family Comedy Gets Pilot Order From Fox," 6 Feb. 2018 But trading Cole and McCutchen signals a determined emphasis on the future, and the end of an exciting but unfulfilling era. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Trade of Andrew McCutchen Ends an Era in Pittsburgh," 15 Jan. 2018 Foremost was Foles, whose circuitous path from an Eagles draft pick in 2012 took him from an unfulfilling stint with the Rams to a season in Kansas City before Philadelphia made what proved to be a franchise-defining decision. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "At Long Last, the Eagles Capture Their First Super Bowl," 4 Feb. 2018 How could a celebration of the game’s best and most popular players turn out so bland and unfulfilling? Ben Golliver, SI.com, "To Avoid Another All-Star Calamity, the NBA Must Fix Its Voting Process," 26 Jan. 2018 USA TODAY Sports SEATTLE (AP) — If the Seattle Sounders are left chasing points to try to avoid playing an extra playoff game or earn home-field advantage, settling for two draws in an unfulfilling rivalry week could be the cause. USA TODAY, "Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders settle for draw as teams renew Cascadia rivalry," 27 Aug. 2017 In those times when life feels completely filled up yet oddly unfulfilling, find activities that are the equivalent of eating junk food - quantity rich, nutrient poor. Philly.com, "Horoscopes: Wednesday, June 28, 2017," 28 June 2017

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1822, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unfulfilling

: not providing happiness or satisfaction : not fulfilling

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