Definition of unfulfilling in US English:



  • Making someone dissatisfied or unhappy through not allowing their character or abilities to develop fully.

    ‘I lurched from one unfulfilling job to the next’
    ‘Liz is trapped in an unfulfilling marriage’
    • ‘It is an unfulfilling, thoughtlessly designed game.’
    • ‘The high-tech video effects are dazzling but ultimately unfulfilling.’
    • ‘This may not be the perfect time for frustrated employees to exit an unfulfilling position.’
    • ‘Obviously, having no choices at all can make life unfulfilling.’
    • ‘The band's songs follow the usual goth themes about solitary existence and unfulfilling relationships.’