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forlorn

adjective [before noun] (UNLIKELY TO SUCCEED)    /fəˈlɔːn/ US  /fɚˈlɔːrn/
very unlikely to be achieved or to succeed: Their only hope now is that the outside world will intervene but it is an increasingly forlorn hope. She appeared on daytime TV in a forlorn attempt to persuade the public of her innocence.Not hopeful
(Definition of forlorn adjective (UNLIKELY TO SUCCEED) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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