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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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 Jackie's face has become pale and her movement has slowed, but her random rummaging through memories continues to be a frantic — and dramatically unrewarding — pursuit. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "As Kennedy bios go, 'Jackie Unveiled' is more sketch than portrait," 2 Mar. 2018 When the president is the chief and most unpredictable communicator in the White House, the role of communications director has become the most unrewarding job in the White House. Dan Balz, Washington Post, "The Trump White House is a place where turmoil never ends," 28 Feb. 2018 Yet what makes Wolff’s account at once undeniably entertaining and lamentably unrewarding is precisely what makes covering this administration so frustrating. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "From ‘Fire and Fury’ to Political Firestorm," 8 Jan. 2018 Because this is not Netflix’s first time at this frequently unrewarding rodeo. Richard Lawson, HWD, "Iron Fist Lands With a Resounding Thud," 16 Mar. 2017 Because this is not Netflix’s first time at this frequently unrewarding rodeo. vanityfair.com, "Iron Fist," 16 Mar. 2017

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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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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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