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unpromising

[uhn-prom-uh-sing] /ʌnˈprɒm ə sɪŋ/
adjective
1.
unlikely to be favorable or successful, as the weather, a situation, or a career.
Origin of unpromising
1625-1635
First recorded in 1625-35; un-1 + promising
Related forms
unpromisingly, adverb
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  • Spinifex in every direction, and the country very miserable and unpromising.

  • Sydney Carton, idlest and most unpromising of men, was Stryver's great ally.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • He walked by with bent knees, you observed, and with a most unpromising stoop.

  • This was a most unpromising beginning, really no beginning at all.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • To poor Mary this seemed to be most unromantic, most unpromising.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • Sleep came easily to him under the most unpromising circumstances.

    General John Regan George A. Birmingham
  • A subscription list that she had opened had a weak and unpromising appearance.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • But they looked dull and unpromising to the girl as they lay upon the table.

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • It was just that, when we were there, though cloudy and unpromising as to weather.

    The Automobilist Abroad

    M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
British Dictionary definitions for unpromising

unpromising

/ʌnˈprɒmɪsɪŋ/
adjective
1.
not showing any promise of favourable development or future success
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Word Origin and History for unpromising
adj.

1660s, from un- (1) "not" + promising (see promise).

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