[uhn-foo l-fild]


not carried out or done: many unfulfilled requests.
not yet achieved: his unfulfilled dreams.
not happy or satisfied, from not having achieved one’s desires or full potential: I was feeling unfulfilled in my job.

Origin of unfulfilled

Related formsun·ful·fill·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unfulfilled

Contemporary Examples of unfulfilled

Historical Examples of unfulfilled

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for unfulfilled



not completed or achievedunfulfilled ambitions
not having achieved one's potential or desires
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Word Origin and History for unfulfilled

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper