- unlikely to be favorable or successful, as the weather, a situation, or a career.
Origin of unpromising
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Examples from the Web for unpromising
Experienced defense lawyers, however, well understand that the insanity defense is a very difficult and unpromising choice.Jared Loughner’s Legal Options Examined
Gerald L. Shargel
August 6, 2012
Spinifex in every direction, and the country very miserable and unpromising.Explorations in Australia
Sydney Carton, idlest and most unpromising of men, was Stryver's great ally.A Tale of Two Cities
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?
- not showing any promise of favourable development or future success
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Word Origin and History for unpromising
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