un-promising

unpromising

[uhn-prom-uh-sing]
adjective
unlikely to be favorable or successful, as the weather, a situation, or a career.

Origin:
1625–35; un-1 + promising

unpromisingly, adverb
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unpromising (ʌnˈprɒmɪsɪŋ)
 
adj
not showing any promise of favourable development or future success

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unpromising
1663, from un- (1) "not" + promising (see promise).
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