un·​adapt·​ed ˌən-ə-ˈdap-təd How to pronounce unadapted (audio)
: not suited by nature, character, or design to a particular use, purpose, or situation : not adapted
soil unadapted for crop use
a plant unadapted to cold climates

Examples of unadapted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sure, there have been a few adaptation attempts over the years (e.g. 2012's Tiger Eyes, 1978's Forever, and the '90s series Fudge), but to this day, some of her most beloved books remain unadapted. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 20 Apr. 2023 Adapted novels in our set have almost twice the citations of unadapted works in academic articles, and appear on about twice as many college syllabi. Alexander Manshel, The Atlantic, 16 July 2021 Meanwhile, farmers with unadapted seed varieties are unable to produce sufficient yield, resulting in losses for their farms and families, especially in developing countries like India. Afdhel Aziz, Forbes, 19 July 2022 The speakers are expected to discuss tips and best practices for accessing Japan’s treasure trove of unadapted manga, literature, gaming and screen IP. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 June 2022 Chernin gets to mine Spotify’s original audio shows for movie ideas, while Spotify can sift through Chernin’s heap of unadapted intellectual property for concepts that might make more sense as podcasts. Adam Epstein, Quartz, 18 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unadapted was circa 1775

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“Unadapted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unadapted. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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