un·​rep·​re·​sen·​ta·​tive | \ ˌən-ˌre-pri-ˈzen-tə-tiv How to pronounce unrepresentative (audio) \

Definition of unrepresentative

: not representative: such as
a : not typical or characteristic : atypical an unrepresentative sample We only claim that our town is not all that unrepresentative of America in its mixture of idealism and weakness, ambitions and muddles …— Judith Martin
b : not representing an electorate an unrepresentative judiciary

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But given their season-long inability to get out of their own way, those probabilities feel unrepresentative of a team that in just eight days went from an inside track on a postseason berth to one that is clinging to the last vestiges of hope. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Is it over for the Red Sox? Here’s what history says," 5 Aug. 2019 However, the initial campaign against the bill has quickly escalated into a rebellion against Hong Kong’s unrepresentative administration. Time Staff, Time, "'A Platform for Dialogue.' Hong Kong's Leader Promises to Listen to a Community Torn Apart by Protest," 20 Aug. 2019 That system has been criticized as creating an unrepresentative government. oregonlive.com, "Candace Avalos, running as reform candidate, enters Portland Council race," 1 Aug. 2019 Those conversations are taking place in a first-in-the-nation state where 91 percent of the population is white, prompting some critics to say results from Iowa can be misleading or unrepresentative of nationwide issues. NBC News, "Iowa's Asian and Latino Coalition endorses Kamala Harris for the 2020 caucus," 13 Aug. 2019 The roughly 10-minute segment in the two-hour debate was also criticized by climate advocates on social media as unrepresentative of the environmental hazards facing the next president. Mark K. Matthews, Scientific American, "Democratic Hopefuls Clash on Climate Action During Debate," 31 July 2019 Boris Johnson has won the support of fewer than 100,000 unrepresentative Conservative Party members by promising tax cuts for the richest, presenting himself as the bankers’ friend, and pushing for a damaging No Deal Brexit. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "Boris Johnson is the next UK prime minister," 23 July 2019 Once inside the carpeted chambers, where unrepresentative lawmakers dictate Hong Kong’s future, the invading youth moved swiftly to desecrate the emblems of post-colonial power. Time, "'We Are Risking Everything.' Hong Kong's Young Rebels Stake Everything on Their Struggle," 5 July 2019 The US Senate is, by design, a grotesquely unrepresentative body that amplifies the power of small states at the expense of voters in big states. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The tyranny of the majority isn’t a problem in America today. Tyranny of the minority is.," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of unrepresentative

1829, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unrepresentative

: not showing what a group of people or things is truly like : not representative

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