Definition of unrewarding in US English:

unrewarding

adjective

  • Not rewarding or satisfying.

    ‘it was dull, unrewarding work’
    • ‘There are many farmers, crofters etc, who would be only to willing to sell their land at £6,000 an acre to rid themselves of the unrewarding drudgery of much current farming in Scotland.’
    • ‘Salmond said: ‘A leadership challenge would be a distraction, not to mention very unrewarding for the challenger.’’
    • ‘Not that it's an unwanted or unrewarding burden, but so many are looking at it the wrong way, as a means of enrichment for themselves rather than something to be undertaken with sobriety.’
    • ‘It may be the wrong job for you - but equally you may have become set in your ways or stopped being proactive, which has resulted in the work becoming dull and unrewarding.’
    • ‘On top of this, the constitutional reform is an uninteresting and unrewarding proposal.’
    • ‘Her part-time job as an English Composition instructor at a local community college was unrewarding and boring.’
    • ‘The game was becoming repetitive and to my mind, unrewarding.’
    • ‘Asset-devaluation techniques like these don't stop attacks, but they have the potential to make them unrewarding and pointless.’
    • ‘This makes him a ‘difficult’ poet to read but in no way uninteresting or unrewarding.’
    • ‘It seems that, in the 1990s, research into emotion underwent something of a revival, after about a century of neglect; for scientists, emotions have long been a difficult and unrewarding area of study.’
    • ‘The tragedy surely is that a young person has been senselessly slaughtered, not that they might possibly have one day become something as spiritually unrewarding as a movie star.’
    • ‘It can be extraordinarily rewarding emotionally and extraordinarily unrewarding financially, which is fine, as long as we survive.’
    • ‘Initially Cohen's bleak baritone vocal - there's no singing, just his trademark uncompromising conversational drawl - paints a barren, unrewarding landscape.’
    • ‘Sonny ends his dull and unrewarding relationship with Charlene and drifts into an affair with the older Ruth.’
    • ‘First, that it showed that at least some law students escape the trap that the top law schools have created - the path to a tedious and unrewarding practice that few seem capable of avoiding.’
    • ‘In her current autobiography she admits that she didn't enjoy the making of her final films and found the whole process of being a superstar/producer increasingly stressful and unrewarding.’
    • ‘Let's face it, you can get plump without any difficulty these days munching on unrewarding digestives and crisps, but let yourself loose in Plaisir du Chocolat and you can expand with style.’
    • ‘Elgin City, who finished 42nd out of 42 last season, are expected to find life similarly unrewarding in their second campaign as a league club.’
    • ‘According to Cosmopolitan, 70% describe their love life as dissatisfying or unrewarding.’
    • ‘My experience writing and developing screenplays was so unrewarding that I never considered telling the story as a film.’
    pointless, futile, worthless, profitless, valueless, purposeless, useless, vain, aimless
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Pronunciation

unrewarding

/ˌənrəˈwɔrdɪŋ//ˌənrəˈwôrdiNG/