Definition of unpromising in English:



  • Not giving hope of future success or good results.

    ‘the boy's natural intellect had survived in unpromising circumstances’
    • ‘Born in Beverley in 1949, his rise to success from distinctly unpromising beginnings is an inspiration to other young artists.’
    • ‘Hypnosis has also shown unpromising results in the treatment of stammering.’
    • ‘It spins riveting, moving drama out of the most unpromising premise imaginable: the implementation of the 35-hour working week.’
    • ‘This machine would be his only escape in the unpromising future.’
    • ‘Curaçaoans have always known that success can be distilled from the most unpromising of ingredients.’
    • ‘But this alone is not enough to explain why it has survived so well in such unpromising circumstances.’
    • ‘Up an unpromising staircase, the door opens into a small and perfectly-formed space, dominated by a long counter behind which skulks a spotty girl.’
    • ‘Into such unpromising circumstances step up The Colonies and they give good gig.’
    • ‘In these unpromising circumstances a living community grows up.’
    • ‘The quality is unknown but when Scotland on Sunday tested bootleg DVDs last year, the results were unpromising.’
    • ‘We picked it up as ‘the least unpromising or obvious thing on the shelf in Somerfield’ and I think it cost around £6.50 a bottle.’
    • ‘Such brief moments of happiness snatched from unpromising circumstances are generally the most that Loach's characters can hope for.’
    • ‘But if the premise is unpromising, the result is utterly engrossing.’
    • ‘And people are going to keep using the flag, some to celebrate a heroic past, some to protest an unpromising future.’
    • ‘In these unpromising circumstance, the Collinsons, like the other families, believe only a public inquiry will find the truth.’
    • ‘They live in a house in the most unpromising of territory - a grim estate on the Charlton-Woolwich boundary - yet the interior of their home is fantastic.’
    • ‘Perhaps he will surprise us all at Muirfield, but the portents are unpromising.’
    • ‘Despite the unpromising subject matter Tintin became a soaring success and the print run for the supplement soon had to be increased.’
    • ‘There, ordinary people have learned to be inventive with the most unpromising of materials.’
    • ‘Even the most unpromising small plot can be transformed into a successful garden with hints which will show you just what can be achieved when space and time are at a premium.’
    inauspicious, unfavourable, adverse, disadvantageous, unpropitious, uninviting, discouraging, disheartening, gloomy, bleak, black, portentous, foreboding, hopeless, ominous, creepy, baleful, doomed, jinxed, damned, cursed, ill-fated, ill-omened
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