un·af·fect·ed | \ˌən-ə-ˈfek-təd \

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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However, the effect on aggressive thoughts remained relatively unaffected by this publication bias. Vanessa Schipani, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Is there a link between media violence and mass shootings?," 8 Mar. 2018 When the first round of tariffs were imposed by the US on Friday, the New York Times reported that global stock markets were largely unaffected, but American farmers and smaller US manufacturers, like soybean farmers, suffered. Madeleine Ngo, Vox, "Trump just intensified his trade war with China," 11 July 2018 Those with the region’s other area code of 321 are unaffected. Gray Rohrer, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando to get new area code — 689," 10 July 2018 And even on the island of Hawaii, most tourism areas are unaffected. Ben Abramson, USA TODAY, "Hawaii travel update: Visitors unaffected by volcanoes," 14 May 2018 Atlanta's public-safety services such as 911, police, and fire-rescue are unaffected, officials say, as are systems related to the functioning of Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. Kimberly Hutcherson, CNN, "Six days after a ransomware cyberattack, Atlanta officials are filling out forms by hand," 27 Mar. 2018 The starter kit appeared to be working, as Rylan seemed unaffected by his stint in the shelter, his mother said. Justin Wm. Moyer, chicagotribune.com, "Researchers unclear why suicide is increasing among black children," 8 Mar. 2018 The starter kit appeared to be working, as Rylan seemed unaffected by his stint in the shelter, his mother said. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "‘He was happy. So far as I know’," 7 Mar. 2018 Coaching outside during the heat of the day, Parker looked unaffected by temperatures that pushed into the mid 90s. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "Truman grad returns to KC for softball clinic at Urban Youth Academy," 10 July 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 \

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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evasion of direct action or statement

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