Definition of unpromising in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌənˈpräməsiNG/


Not giving hope of future success or good results: the boy’s natural intellect had survived in unpromising circumstances
More example sentences
  • And people are going to keep using the flag, some to celebrate a heroic past, some to protest an unpromising future.
  • Born in Beverley in 1949, his rise to success from distinctly unpromising beginnings is an inspiration to other young artists.
  • But if the premise is unpromising, the result is utterly engrossing.
inauspicious, unfavorable, unpropitious, discouraging, disheartening, gloomy, bleak, black, portentous, ominous, ill-omened



Pronunciation: /ˌənˈpräməsiNGlē/
Example sentences
  • The book starts unpromisingly: ‘Despite all the interviews, reviews and analysis, The Fall still defies explanation.’
  • Our initial meeting begins unpromisingly with an apology: ‘Erm, I've just got to go and write down a few ideas I was thinking of on the way over here,’ and then he disappears round the corner of the bar to find a quiet spot.
  • I don't have a lot of time for any politicians outside of Tony Benn,’ he began, unpromisingly.

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Syllabification: un·prom·is·ing

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