unlikely to be favorable or successful, as the weather, a situation, or a career.
- un·prom·is·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use unpromising in a sentence
To play chess, Deep Blue would peer a move ahead, calculate possible moves from there, “prune” ones that seemed unpromising, go deeper along the promising paths, and repeat the process several times.
Given the apparently unpromising situation on the ground, why should Obama get involved?
Experienced defense lawyers, however, well understand that the insanity defense is a very difficult and unpromising choice.
In truth, the results of the Ames Straw Poll are decidedly unpromising for the Rust Belt on Election Day, a mere 15 months away.
It seemed an unpromising subject, but they fell upon it with ardour, and found it strangely fruitful.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
The dogs came slowly to meet Mackenzie as he approached, backs still bristling, countenances unpromising.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek | George W. Ogden
They, too, used colors and applied great art principles to this unpromising mode of expression and accomplished great results.Education: How Old The New | James J. Walsh
On the death of the grandson of the old Lord Byron in 1794, this unpromising youth became the heir-apparent to the barony.Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII | John Lord
There was a dangerous glint in his grey-green eyes, and his opening sentence was unpromising.The Secret Glory | Arthur Machen
British Dictionary definitions for unpromising
not showing any promise of favourable development or future success
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