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Synonyms for unpromising

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unlikely to bring about favorable results or enjoyment

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Should there be found a citizen zealous enough to undertake the unpromising task, if there happen to be collusion between the parties concerned, how easy it is to clothe the circumstances with so much ambiguity, as to render it uncertain what was the precise conduct of any of those parties?
The Greek throne, with its unpromising adjuncts of a ragged population of ingenious rascals who were out of employment eight months in the year because there was little for them to borrow and less to confiscate, and a waste of barren hills and weed-grown deserts, went begging for a good while.
I saw that she was upon the verge of a breakdown, after all that she must have passed through of fear and horror that day, and I tried to quiet and reassure her as best I might; but even to me the future looked most unpromising, for what chance of life had we against the frightful hunters of the night who even now were prowling closer to us?
Afterwards, he watched her turn with slow, reluctant footsteps to the unpromising abode which she had pointed out.
The countenance of the old locksmith lighted up with the smile of one expecting to detect in this unpromising stranger some latent roguery of eye or lip, which should reveal a familiar person in that arch disguise, and spoil his jest.
Miserly too, my dear; which is far the most unpromising for us.
Ames II provides an early indication of which avenues of development should be pursued as having more potential and which to abandon as either unpromising or potentially harmful.
Layers stung by Reiley run JOCKEY Dean Heslop must have been mightily relieved after here's Reiley came home a comfortable winner from an unpromising position in the 5f seller at Southwell.
64sec, but Nick Savva did get on the mark when his Westmead Bolt (4-6F) came from a hugely unpromising position to land the fourth as he collared Greenacre Josh late on to post a best-of-round 30.
Despite an unpromising start to British welfare reform under Liberal Prime Minister Campbell-Bannerman, elected in 1906, says Cooper, much of the Poor Law system was rendered redundant by successive Liberal administrations by 1914.
Andrea Dunbar's semi-autobiographical play, is a vivid portrait of girls caught between a brutal childhood and an unpromising future.
Felling trees have been designed especially unpromising, with poor general condition and long term unsustainable habitats or species in the unpromising groups thickened good prospects screening individuals.
SOUTHFIELD JOCK, who qualified from an unpromising position in the heats and then drew trap one in Tuesday's opening semi-final.
The country's paltry gold-medal output in the recent Southeast Asian Youth Athletics Championships on home soil provides the national track and field federation a glimpse of an unpromising future.
The script leaves politics and religion in the shade and offers a sunny outlook on the possibilities in the most unpromising terrain.