/ʌnˈprɒm ə sɪŋ/
unlikely to be favorable or successful, as the weather, a situation, or a career.
not showing any promise of favourable development or future success
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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.
The trick here, as in every encounter with the media, is to use an unpromising situation to send a message.
Religious people are trained to look beneath the unpromising surface to find the sacred within it.
These seem bleak, unpromising reductions, and the book happily defeats the expectations they are likely to set up.
In a statement, he condemned the reactor as unacceptably expensive and unpromising.
At every finite stage, the scalloped shape looks weird and unpromising.
Her apprentice work was conventional and unpromising, rather stilted.
But the best-known biofuel, ethanol, is looking decidedly unpromising right now.
We add, without deciding the point, that their prospects of ultimately recovering damages appeared unpromising.
To be sure, the screening process by private attorneys for such matters serves to filter out unpromising cases.
Even when a search of the catalog is unpromising, a follow-up search of collection finding aids may yield results.
Thus they give an impression of great activity, but in reality all this work is unproductive and unpromising.
The idea of foreign intelligence collection was not only unpromising but little short of ludicrous in those years.
Initially, as the movie begins, placing of the subject in this generic context may seem alienating and unpromising.
In my opinion, onshore rocks make unpromising candidates for hydrocarbon exploration.
The diplomatic situation was similarly unpromising for the revolutionaries.
By this definition of accuracy, the approach of an initial payment duration disclosure appears mostly unpromising.
Lessons learned should include outcomes of the work that were particularly promising or particularly unpromising, with reasons.