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.
Recent Examples on the Web Henry Ford's walk-in clinics would be unaffected by the urgent care expansion. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 26 Oct. 2021 Fertility was also shown to be unaffected by the vaccine. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Oct. 2021 In concerts, Live Nation's U.S. attendance was 62.7 million in 2019, the latest year to be unaffected by the pandemic. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, 19 Oct. 2021 The acoustic innovations used in the new Concept range are all geared towards designing the quietest cabinets possible that are unaffected by internal and external resonances. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 But most first-class mail, or standard-sized letters and flats, as well as periodicals, will be unaffected by the changes, according to USPS. Editors, USA TODAY, 1 Oct. 2021 Most first-class mail – roughly 61% - and almost all periodicals – 93% - will be unaffected by the change and the standards for single-piece first-class mail traveling within a local area will continue to be 2 days. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 27 Sep. 2021 There are few people in the country who are unaffected by the crisis in housing, whether that’s poor conditions in social homes, unaffordable private rents, rogue landlords or high house prices. Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, 15 Sep. 2021 The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, which is managed by another division of the Forest Service, is unaffected by the closures. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Aug. 2021

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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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“Unaffected.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaffected. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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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