un·​ac·​count·​ed | \ ˌən-ə-ˈkau̇n-təd \

Definition of unaccounted

: not accounted : unexplained often used with for

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But it's been an especially agonizing wait for the families of those girls still unaccounted for. Fox News, "Families of Nigeria missing girls call for UN help," 16 Apr. 2018 The extraordinary development brought elation to most of the families but more heartache for the relatives of the six girls still unaccounted for. Haruna Umar, BostonGlobe.com, "Boko Haram returns Nigeria girls, warns not to put in school," 21 Mar. 2018 Other city officials told reporters that the number of unaccounted for was three. Kelli Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "In Florida, families seeking the missing amid storm damage," 15 Oct. 2018 At least 46 others were injured, and authorities said the death toll could rise with the number of people unaccounted for. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Guatemala volcano eruption kills at least 65, forces thousands to evacuate," 2 Oct. 2018 Investigators have contacted relatives and friends of those unaccounted for and scoured social-media accounts and databases to try to find them. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Authorities End Search Efforts in Paradise, Calif.," 29 Nov. 2018 Officials said more than 30 people were unaccounted for and feared buried underneath landslides in Atsuma. Fox News, "The Latest: 9 dead, 30 missing in northern Japan quake," 6 Sep. 2018 Authorities said 11 people were still unaccounted for in what was the deadliest U.S. wildfire in at least a century. Don Thompson, The Seattle Times, "Residents head back into California town leveled by wildfire," 5 Dec. 2018 Yet the human toll has been even more stunning: At least 56 people have died in the flames (with over 200 still unaccounted for), making it the single deadliest wildfire in state history. Eliza Barclay, Vox, "Photos: what California’s lethal wildfires look like on the ground," 15 Nov. 2018

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1689, in the meaning defined above

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