Not likely to develop in a desirable manner: an unpromising beginning to the relationship. (adjective)
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Use "unpromising" in a sentence
"Sir Joshua says above, that even "unpromising" subjects may be thus treated."
"In this kind of unpromising context, the Industry Interface is a big step."
"Exactly the kind of unpromising non-answer that the local bureaucracy excells at."