un·​in·​spir·​ing | \ ˌən-in-ˈspī-riŋ How to pronounce uninspiring (audio) \

Definition of uninspiring

: not having an animating or exalting effect : not inspiring an uninspiring speaker The space was limited, the light was less than adequate, and the surroundings were generally uninspiring.— Peter H. Hassrick

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uninspiringly adverb

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The talent base is uninspiring outside of Beal, who has two years remaining on his contract. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "NBA power rankings: After wild summer, race for title wide open," 16 July 2019 The introductions of Tyrone Mings and Kortney Hause were somewhat uninspiring when announced, however, both played pivotal roles in securing Villa's promotion at the end of the season. SI.com, "Aston Villa: 5 Lessons From Past Promoted Teams That Will Help Retain Their Premier League Status," 26 June 2019 In that way, the party is gambling that voters will support a candidate whose communication often comes across as academic and uninspiring simply because da Silva picked him. Mauricio Savarese, The Seattle Times, "Lula da Silva’s party chooses Plan B in Brazil race," 6 Aug. 2018 Wilder and Fury’s draw last year at Staples Center was one of the most exciting boxing matches in recent history and breathed new life into a heavyweight division that has been uninspiring for years. Arash Markazi, latimes.com, "Las Vegas excites Tyson Fury’s showman style for Tom Schwarz fight," 14 June 2019 Simply put, the Pixel 3a is an uninspiring spec sheet. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Google Finally Makes a Phone for the Rest of Us," 7 May 2019 When Debra Newell met John Meehan for dinner at a candlelit California restaurant in October 2014 following a string of uninspiring first dates, something felt different. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of the Events of Dirty John," 14 Jan. 2019 All-in-all, the Lexus NX 300h is an uninspiring car. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Luxury on a budget: The Lexus NX 300h hybrid reviewed," 14 Oct. 2018 Things that are no longer serving your soul, like outdated thinking, toxic relationships, or even uninspiring jobs, will soon be left in the dust. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Sagittarius Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of uninspiring

1815, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uninspiring was in 1815

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English Language Learners Definition of uninspiring

: not causing people to want to do or create something : not inspiring

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