un·​re·​ward·​ing | \ ˌən-ri-ˈwȯr-diŋ How to pronounce unrewarding (audio) \

Definition of unrewarding

: failing to provide satisfaction or a reward : not rewarding unrewarding work

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unrewardingly adverb

Examples of unrewarding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Such thinking can certainly thwart motivation and result in a joyless, unrewarding existence. Jane E. Brody, New York Times, "How to Maintain Motivation in a Pandemic," 18 May 2020 That makes Black Panther co-writer Joe Robert Cole's reflection on the vicious cycle of gang culture and its toll on families an earnest but unrewarding disappointment. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'All Day and a Night': Film Review," 30 Apr. 2020 Who’s buying the goodie bags for the party?’ Grunt work is stressful and unrewarding. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Moms Do More Invisible Labor, But It’s Possible to Lighten the Load," 6 Apr. 2020 Tracking down the truth both online and offline is increasingly a dim and unrewarding prospect when people have already chosen what to believe in—as in our experience of covering this very story. Nikita Joseph, Quartz India, "“They pluck out hearts of children”—how fake news is crippling Indian villages with anxiety," 17 Sep. 2019 Though saving is unrewarding, capital is still costly for entrepreneurs. The Economist, "Core elements of the global banking industry are moving to India," 8 Aug. 2019 Frederick Law Olmsted, 30 years old and destined to become the nation’s foremost landscape architect, had already tried his hand at a number of unrewarding occupations: apprentice seaman, merchant, author and farmer. Randall Fuller, WSJ, "‘Spying on the South’ Review: The Forever Cotton Kingdom," 21 May 2019 Supporting England is a strange and often unrewarding experience. SI.com, "Why Gareth Southgate's Three Lions Might Actually Bring Football 'Home' This Summer," 18 June 2018 But although his life in the Kingdom is professionally unrewarding compared with ward rounds, Xu has found something arguably more precious here: a stable, loving relationship. Charlie Campbell / Kunming, Time, "Finding Love in the Kingdom of the Little People," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of unrewarding

1651, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unrewarding was in 1651

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22 May 2020

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“Unrewarding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrewarding. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unrewarding

: not giving you a good feeling that you have done something valuable, important, etc. : not rewarding

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