un·​af·​fect·​ed | \ ˌən-ə-ˈfek-təd How to pronounce unaffected (audio) \

Definition of unaffected

1 : not influenced or changed mentally, physically, or chemically
2 : free from affectation : genuine

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Other Words from unaffected

unaffectedly adverb
unaffectedness noun

Examples of unaffected in a Sentence

They shortened the book when they made the movie, but the basic story remained unaffected. He has a friendly and unaffected manner.

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Recreational and commercial fishing off-shore in Mississippi waters remains unaffected by the algae bloom and are safe for consumption, officials said. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Toxic algae closes 4 more Mississippi Gulf Coast spots; all 21 beaches remain closed," 7 Aug. 2019 The attacks are prompting even unaffected towns to preemptively shut down services like 911 emergency systems. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "As hackers hold 22 Texas towns for ransom, Dallas needs a data defense," 1 Aug. 2019 Some places are offering discounts on rooms of as much as 20 percent and transporting guests to unaffected beaches. Andrea Navarro, BostonGlobe.com, "Cancun has a nasty seaweed problem, and tourists are staying away," 16 July 2019 Tariff hikes typically increase the cost of goods for consumers and drag corporate profits while providing an incentive for manufacturers to relocate production to unaffected countries. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Chinese consumers say they've boycotted American products amid Trump trade war," 24 June 2019 With their fields destroyed, many may have to try to buy crops from unaffected areas to fulfill those contracts. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "Broken Pecan Trees, Ruined Cotton Harvest: Georgia Counts Michael’s Cost," 17 Oct. 2018 While the appearance of new cases has been slowing in recent weeks — from 40 per week to around 10 — two new Ebola patients turned up last week in a previously unaffected area, Tchomia, about 75 miles from Beni on the border with Uganda. Julia Belluz, Vox, "An Ebola “perfect storm” is brewing in the Democratic Republic of Congo," 28 Sep. 2018 Even though the idea of having someone stick their fingers in me was mortifying, Jessie made it as not awkward as possible with her positive, unaffected attitude. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "I Went to the Gyno for the First Time and Here's What Happened," 13 Sep. 2018 As a consequence, young people who survive cancer tend to die, on average, about 10 years earlier than unaffected adults of the same age, epidemiological studies show. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "For Survivors of Childhood Cancer, Walk," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of unaffected

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unaffected was circa 1586

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English Language Learners Definition of unaffected

: not influenced or changed mentally, physically, or chemically
: genuine, sincere, or natural


un·​af·​fect·​ed | \ ˌən-ə-ˈfek-təd How to pronounce unaffected (audio) \

Kids Definition of unaffected

1 : not influenced or changed My concentration was unaffected by the constant noise.
2 : free from false behavior intended to impress others : genuine an unaffected manner

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