unpromising


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un·prom·is·ing

 (ŭn-prŏm′ĭ-sĭng)
adj.
Not likely to develop in a desirable manner: an unpromising beginning to the relationship.

un·prom′is·ing·ly adv.

unpromising

(ʌnˈprɒmɪsɪŋ)
adj
not showing any promise of favourable development or future success

un•prom•is•ing

(ʌnˈprɒm ə sɪŋ)

adj.
unlikely to be favorable or successful.
[1625–35]
un•prom′is•ing•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unpromising - unlikely to bring about favorable results or enjoyment; "faced an unpromising task"; "music for unpromising combinations of instruments"
inauspicious, unfortunate - not auspicious; boding ill

unpromising

adjective inauspicious, discouraging, ominous, unfavourable, doubtful, gloomy, adverse, unpropitious, infelicitous His business career had distinctly unpromising beginnings.
Translations

unpromising

[ˈʌnˈprɒmɪsɪŋ] ADJpoco prometedor
it looks unpromisingno promete mucho

unpromising

[ʌnˈprɒmɪsɪŋ] adjpeu prometteur/euse

unpromising

adjnicht sehr vielversprechend; start alsonicht sehr erfolgversprechend, wenig erfolgversprechend; to look unpromisingnicht sehr hoffnungsvoll or gut aussehen; (weather) → nichts Gutes versprechen

unpromising

[ʌnˈprɒmɪsɪŋ] adjpoco promettente
References in classic literature ?
Looking back at the old town, with its one steep street climbing the white face of the chalk hill, I remembered what wonderful exotic women Thomas Hardy had found eating their hearts out behind the windows of dull country high streets, through which hung waving no banners of romance, outwardly as unpromising of adventure as the windows of the town I had left.
TOM arrived at home in a dreary mood, and the first thing his aunt said to him showed him that he had brought his sorrows to an unpromising market:
There was, at times, a want of spirits about him which, if it did not denote indifference, spoke a something almost as unpromising.
The incomprehensible language and the unpromising looks of our cavalier only increased the ladies' laughter, and that increased his irritation, and matters might have gone farther if at that moment the landlord had not come out, who, being a very fat man, was a very peaceful one.
The ruddy glare of the charcoal displayed the confused and unpromising aspect of the room,--saddles, bridles, several sorts of harness, riding-whips, overcoats, and various articles of clothing, scattered up and down the room in confused variety; and the dogs, of whom we have before spoken, had encamped themselves among them, to suit their own taste and convenience.
Everything that was interesting in Rebecca, and every evidence of power, capability, or talent afterwards displayed by her, Miranda ascribed to the brick house training, and this gave her a feeling of honest pride, the pride of a master workman who has built success out of the most unpromising material; but never, to the very end, even when the waning of her bodily strength relaxed her iron grip and weakened her power of repression, never once did she show that pride or make a single demonstration of affection.
Sydney Carton, idlest and most unpromising of men, was Stryver's great ally.
Under these unpromising auspices, the parting took place, and the journey began.
And therefore," he remarked, "for the purposes of your friends I should consider this a difficult and unpromising country in which to work.
He was that most unpromising of matrimonial material, a shy man with a cautious disposition.
He was very strong and clever with his knife and knew how to cut the dry and dead wood away, and could tell when an unpromising bough or twig had still green life in it.
Clare's cottage; and that he had picked up, in that unpromising locality, a startling piece of news for the family at Combe-Raven.