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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Example sentences
Every dollar that funds an unpromising area of research is a dollar less for
  promising research.
But at any rate an unpromising career would not have been nipped in the bud.
Yet in this unpromising setting, some positive signs are visible.
From this unpromising ground, little thoughtful activity emerges.
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