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

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Recent Examples on the Web Step two is to tap into the reward centers of your brain and see how unrewarding worrying is. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "New Strategies for Calming Your Pandemic Anxiety," 1 Mar. 2021 Sunday’s 23-19 loss to the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium brought an end to a frustrating and unrewarding season for the franchise. David Moore, Dallas News, "After a compelling December stretch, the Cowboys’ inability to finish vs. Giants slammed the door on their season," 3 Jan. 2021 The hummingbirds quickly learned to associate one color with a rewarding sweet sip, and the other color with unrewarding plain water. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Hummingbirds Can See Colors Invisible to Humans, Study Finds," 18 June 2020 The hummingbirds, which eat flower nectar, quickly learned to associate one color with a rewarding sweet sip, and the other color with unrewarding plain water. Virginia Morell, National Geographic, "Hummingbirds see colors we can’t even imagine," 15 June 2020 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

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First Known Use of unrewarding

1651, in the meaning defined above

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“Unrewarding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrewarding. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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