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Not likely to develop in a desirable manner: an unpromising beginning to the relationship.

un·prom′is·ing·ly adv.
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in a manner that is not showing any promise of favourable development or future success
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Well, it all began, highly unpromisingly, at Edinburgh's Napier College where he quit journalism studies after just two months.
Their encounter begins unpromisingly. Adair comes upon Carney in the darkened room where his men have put him.
She unbuttons her dress and extracts an unpromisingly small white bosom from a lacy brassiere, allowing the baby to root around until he finds her nipple and tugs away valiantly.
From the opening scene, unpromisingly of an overall-clad fella sweeping the floor, to the closing crescendo, the cast take you on a rollercoaster ride using nothing more than their high-energy dancing skills and everyday objects which they turn into percussion instruments.
Unpromisingly, it starts with a brief history lesson onscreen in an eye-straining ye olde typeface.
Last week, after an unpromisingly quiet beginning, was what experts in the field refer to as a hefty bag of angry motoring.
His six-page feature, which begins unpromisingly with the slogan 'So Much To Answer For', quickly gathers pace as he writes: "England's Second City is responsible for a musical legacy that spans numerous sub-genres and continues to inspire."
It begins unpromisingly with a glaring mistake (a premature entrance) in the orchestral prelude, but conductor Berislav Klobucar manages to contain the damage and all is well again.
This piece, which began unpromisingly with what appeared to be ponderous, minimalist repetition, drew out Martynov's professed 21st-century versions of Schubert's "infinite heavenly lengths" into celestial strings of somniferous reverie.
Afterwards, when I ascertain the result, I sometimes find that the bet started well but then went horribly wrong, other times that it began unpromisingly before turning out surprisingly well.
Given that university is such a wonderful experience, it is a shame the process has to start so unpromisingly.