unilluminating

adjective un·il·lu·mi·nat·ing \ ˌən-i-ˈlü-mə-ˌnā-tiŋ \

Definition of unilluminating

: failing to enlighten or clarify : not illuminating
  • an unilluminating report
  • I found most of the reviews, although favorable, rather unilluminating.
  • —Stephen Hawking

unilluminatingly

adverb

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1882

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