un·​ac·​count·​ed ˌən-ə-ˈkau̇n-təd How to pronounce unaccounted (audio)
: not accounted : unexplained
often used with for

Examples of unaccounted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bissen said the missing persons list was the result of the FBI combining and refining various lists of unaccounted individuals from a number of different agencies including the American Red Cross and the Emergency Management Agency. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 21 Aug. 2023 As pipes age, the material becomes porous, allowing water to seep out and contribute to unaccounted loss. Kevin Dayhoff, Baltimore Sun, 9 Sep. 2023 Merrill noted at a news conference this week that the efforts to confirm those who are unaccounted for have been complicated due to a lack of detail in some reports and the wide array of lists of tracking the unaccounted-for individuals. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2023 Authorities said that some of the unaccounted residents are missing while some are unable to communicate to officials due to loss of cellphone service. Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Fox News, 15 Aug. 2023 The taxman is the elephant in the room When prime minister Narendra Modi abruptly banned old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 in 2016, his agenda was a crackdown on unaccounted wealth. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 23 May 2023 The fire escalated and a 2-11 alarm was called at the scene because more equipment was needed to extinguish the blaze and one crew member needed immediate assistance, and was possibly briefly unaccounted, fire officials said. Deanese Williams-Harris, Chicago Tribune, 4 Feb. 2023 The emergency worker at the scene said that at least 100 people were confirmed dead and that more remained unaccounted for. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2023 Two of them have been identified and three remain unaccounted for. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 6 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1689, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unaccounted was in 1689

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“Unaccounted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaccounted. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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un·​ac·​count·​ed ˌən-ə-ˈkau̇nt-əd How to pronounce unaccounted (audio)
: not accounted : unexplained
often used with for
their absence was unaccounted for

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