un·​hope·​ful ˌən-ˈhōp-fəl How to pronounce unhopeful (audio)
: not having, feeling, or inspiring hope : not hopeful
an unhopeful outlook

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Recent Examples on the Web In Columbus, Georgia, most people were pretty unhopeful about the future of their town. al, 25 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unhopeful was in the 15th century

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“Unhopeful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhopeful. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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