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unpromising

[uhn-prom-uh-sing]
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adjective
  1. unlikely to be favorable or successful, as the weather, a situation, or a career.
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Origin of unpromising

First recorded in 1625–35; un-1 + promising
Related formsun·prom·is·ing·ly, adverb
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Related Words for unpromising

apocalyptic, prophetic, dangerous, sinister, threatening, perilous, dark, gloomy, dismal, dire, haunting, portentous, grim, troublesome, ominous, hostile, objectionable, calamitous, negative, antagonistic

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British Dictionary definitions for unpromising

unpromising

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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