Definition of unrewarding in US English:



  • Not rewarding or satisfying.

    ‘it was dull, unrewarding work’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My experience writing and developing screenplays was so unrewarding that I never considered telling the story as a film.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘According to Cosmopolitan, 70% describe their love life as dissatisfying or unrewarding.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On top of this, the constitutional reform is an uninteresting and unrewarding proposal.’
    • ‘It can be extraordinarily rewarding emotionally and extraordinarily unrewarding financially, which is fine, as long as we survive.’
    • ‘Her part-time job as an English Composition instructor at a local community college was unrewarding and boring.’
    • ‘Sonny ends his dull and unrewarding relationship with Charlene and drifts into an affair with the older Ruth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Asset-devaluation techniques like these don't stop attacks, but they have the potential to make them unrewarding and pointless.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This makes him a ‘difficult’ poet to read but in no way uninteresting or unrewarding.’
    • ‘The game was becoming repetitive and to my mind, unrewarding.’
    • ‘Initially Cohen's bleak baritone vocal - there's no singing, just his trademark uncompromising conversational drawl - paints a barren, unrewarding landscape.’
    pointless, futile, worthless, profitless, valueless, purposeless, useless, vain, aimless
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