un·​prom·​is·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈprä-mə-siŋ How to pronounce unpromising (audio) \

Definition of unpromising

: appearing unlikely to prove worthwhile or result favorably an unpromising beginning

Other Words from unpromising

unpromisingly \ ˌən-​ˈprä-​mə-​siŋ-​lē How to pronounce unpromising (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unpromising in a Sentence

Things got off to an unpromising start. She can do a lot with unpromising material.
Recent Examples on the Web The macro-level picture is also unpromising – the entire Chinese economy is slowing down (or worse). George Calhoun, Forbes, 1 June 2022 For the teenagers who don’t manage to excel at academics, despite their obvious intelligence and wit, the years ahead may not just be unpromising, but a virtual and never-ending prison. Charles Isherwood, WSJ, 19 May 2022 The premise of Ellyn Gaydos’s debut memoir Pig Years (Knopf, $27) may seem unpromising, at least to urbanites. Claire Messud, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 Climate refugees may provoke social upheaval but seem unpromising replacements for the revolutionary subject of the proletariat. Thomas Meaney, The New Republic, 30 Mar. 2022 Search has been dominated by a single player for so long (Google) that it is often seen as an unpromising or even irrelevant category for startups. Rob Toews, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2022 The deprivation felt in a swing state like Nevada, which is home to a key Senate race this year, and across the nation reflects the unpromising environment for Democrats trying to maintain control of Congress. Maeve Reston And Stephen Collinson, CNN, 13 Jan. 2022 Only Boris Johnson could take such unpromising material and turn it to his advantage. Rosa Prince, CNN, 1 Feb. 2022 But in an unpromising sign for the talks, Ukrainian officials said Belarus had launched at least two Iskander ballistic missiles at Ukraine on Sunday after the agreement to meet was reached. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 27 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unpromising

1640, in the meaning defined above

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“Unpromising.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpromising. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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