Definition of unpromising
: appearing unlikely to prove worthwhile or result favorably an unpromising beginning
unpromisinglyplay \ˌən-ˈprä-mə-siŋ-lē\ adverb
Examples of unpromising in a Sentence
Things got off to an unpromising start.
She can do a lot with unpromising material.
Recent Examples of unpromising from the Web
Conversely, right-wing populist parties have been successful in such apparently unpromising locales as Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden.
One unpromising candidate for Tuesday’s sale (possibly a station wagon?) was burned beyond recognition.
Her provocative images borrow from fashion, advertising, burlesque and pornography; push the unpromising 1960s trend of Photo Realism into new areas of gorgeousness and abstraction; and explore the ways women do and do not own their bodies.
That’s a cheeky reference to a movie within the movie, a woefully unpromising propaganda melodrama that Britain’s Ministry of Information is developing, in 1940, to provide some inspiration for the home front during the...
This seems like an unpromising beginning for an evening’s entertainment, but Soper and a trio of fellow-musicians—a flutist, a violinist, and a percussionist—
Both Mr. Parker and the woman came from strikingly similar and largely unpromising backgrounds.
Although several of the webcasters listed below are currently involved in direct negotiations with Sound Exchange, the process remains exceedingly slow and increasingly unpromising.
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Definition of unpromising for English Language Learners
: not likely to be successful or good
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