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[uhn-foo l-fild]
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  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.
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Origin of unfulfilled

Related formsun·ful·fill·ing, adjective
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Related Words for unfulfilling

distasteful, discouraging, depressing, unpleasant, mediocre, disheartening, unsatisfying, disconcerting, frustrating, bitter, failing, displeasing, lame, disagreeable, inadequate, ineffective, inferior, insufficient, unhappy, uninteresting

British Dictionary definitions for unfulfilling


  1. not completed or achievedunfulfilled ambitions
  2. not having achieved one's potential or desires
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Word Origin and History for unfulfilling



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

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