Definitions

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  • adj. having little ambition for success or achievement

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not ambitious; free from ambition; not marked by ambition.
  • Not affecting show; not showy or prominent; unpretending; as, unambitious ornaments.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having little desire for success or achievement

Etymologies

un- +‎ ambitious (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The bank also outlined new targets for 2010 -- called unambitious by analysts -- to go with a revamped structure.

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  • Il Capitano Smeet 'was not sorry to get out of the government house -- palazzo, as some of the simple people of Elba called the unambitious dwelling.

    The Wing-and-Wing Le Feu-Follet

  • That might be called unambitious but I did not want to be away all week from my family.

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  • Lakshmi and Dell began dating in November 2007 and remained romantically involved until she dumped him in September 2009, telling him he was "unambitious" and had an "uninteresting" career, his lawsuit said.

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  • Her life was frugal, her dresses "unambitious", her one seeming luxury a Valor stove with two paraffin wicks, which her adored son, David Garnett, had bought for her.

    Constance Garnett by Edna O'Brien

  • Throw in injuries and a nasty contract dispute which saw him label the club as "unambitious" a statement he has since retracted, after signing a contract extension and you can see why he's probably glad 2010 is over.

    Man United: Limping Toward Perfection

  • In 1878 S.r S.afford Northcote's Budget, described as "unambitious", increased the duty on dogs and tobacco and raised income tax by 2d; Mrs Brassey published "The Voyage of the S.nbeam", an account of her round-the-world cruise by yacht; the phonograph ( "an instrument which prints sound for subsequent reproduction by electricity") was a popular novelty; and Gilbert and S.llivan's H.M.S. Pinafore had its first night on May 25 at the Opera Comique.

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  • And that's not just a euphemistic way of saying 'unambitious'; in fact, they're more sweeping than any President has proposed in a generation.

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  • Other companies are offering this for the "unambitious:"

    Tales of the Hodo-Hodo Zuku

  • If we say 'Unambitious men, and who have no experience', 'unambitious' and 'who have no experience' are not in the same form, but they have the same function—that of specifying the class of men referred to.

    'And who'; 'and which'.

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