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unfulfilled

[uhn-foo l-fild] /ˌʌn fʊlˈfɪld/
adjective
1.
not carried out or done:
many unfulfilled requests.
2.
not yet achieved:
his unfulfilled dreams.
3.
not happy or satisfied, from not having achieved one’s desires or full potential:
I was feeling unfulfilled in my job.
Origin of unfulfilled
un-1 + fulfill + -ed2
Related forms
unfulfilling, adjective
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  • Christmas had come and gone at the Brotherhood, and yet the project was unfulfilled.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Death has consecrated thy prediction, but it is yet unfulfilled.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • It is the season of the unfulfilled desire, the eager hope, the coming surprise.

    Days Off

    Henry Van Dyke
  • unfulfilled intentions are not criminal without an overt act.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • There was something too poignantly sad about the unfulfilled hope of the picture.

    The Four Pools Mystery Jean Webster
British Dictionary definitions for unfulfilled

unfulfilled

/ˌʌnfʊlˈfɪld/
adjective
1.
not completed or achieved: unfulfilled ambitions
2.
not having achieved one's potential or desires
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unfulfilled
adj.

late 14c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of fulfill.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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