[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.

Origin of unfulfilled

Related formsun·ful·fill·ing, adjective
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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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