un·​ac·​count·​ed | \ ˌən-ə-ˈkau̇n-təd How to pronounce unaccounted (audio) \

Definition of unaccounted

: not accounted : unexplained often used with for

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Hundreds of people are unaccounted for — a list that’s constantly changing and has spread confusion about the ultimate number of victims. Janie Har, The Seattle Times, "AP Explains: The hunt for missing, dead in California fire," 21 Nov. 2018 These remnants would help bridge incompatible theories of the cosmos at its largest and smallest scales, as well as possibly constitute a sizable portion of the presently unaccounted-for dark matter. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 In recent weeks, two of the rocks that dropped off the radar after the 1969 mission were located in Louisiana and Utah, leaving only New York and Delaware with unaccounted-for souvenirs. Lindsay Whitehurst, The Seattle Times, "Moon rock hunter searching for states’ final missing stones," 11 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, a search for the three children still unaccounted for after the March 26 fatal plunge near Fort Bragg in Mendocino County was called off Friday because of inclement weather, the Oregonian reported. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Harts likely received $270G from Texas after adopting kids from Houston area: report," 7 Apr. 2018 The number of people who are unaccounted for continues to change, as more people are reported missing and others get in touch with co-workers, family members or authorities. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "Death Toll in Brazilian Mining-Dam Disaster Jumps to 34," 26 Jan. 2019 But about 5,300 Americans presumed to have been killed in the North are still unaccounted for. New York Times, "North Koreans Are No-Shows at Meeting to Discuss U.S. Soldiers’ Remains," 12 July 2018 Hurricane Michael was particularly devastating: At least 18 people have died, and nearly 46 people are still unaccounted for, with experts warning that the property damage may take a year or more to clean up and restore. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "How to Help Hurricane Michael Survivors and Victims," 15 Oct. 2018 Nearly 73,000 of them are still unaccounted for, the DPPA said. J.d. Capelouto, BostonGlobe.com, "Remains of Somerville Marine killed in WWII to return to Mass. for burial," 15 June 2018

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1689, in the meaning defined above

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