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 Existing copies of the video posted to Facebook will be unaffected by the rule. Brian Fung, CNN, "Facebook to remove 'militarized' calls for unauthorized poll watchers," 7 Oct. 2020 Immediate need first, Jump start the private economy, the public sector was unaffected by Covid, why? Anchorage Daily News, "Candidate Q&A: Alaska House District 22 — David Nees," 3 Oct. 2020 Only the 170-room Lodge would be unaffected by the ordinance. Lori Weisberg, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego hotels must rehire laid-off workers by seniority, City Council says," 8 Sep. 2020 While funding officially lapsed at midnight and Mr. Trump signed the bill after the deadline, federal operations were unaffected. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Trump signs stopgap spending bill to avert government shutdown," 1 Oct. 2020 Pegasus has been helped by work orders from military contractors that are unaffected by the downturn in commercial aviation, Zandonella said. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Connecticut to expand work share program that helps employers hit by COVID-19 save money and spares workers from layoffs," 23 Sep. 2020 Thus some cannabis plants exposed to smoke can test higher in toxic chemicals and heavy metals, while others seem unaffected. Emily Earlenbaugh, SFChronicle.com, "Many of California’s cannabis growers are uninsured and in the line of fire," 15 Sep. 2020 The spring outbreak had left most of the country unaffected. David Tarrant, Dallas News, "Lessons from the past: How the deadly second wave of the 1918 “Spanish flu” caught Dallas and the U.S. by surprise," 3 July 2020 At the same time, home prices and rents rose in unaffected areas as people relocated there. oregonlive, "Smoke in your home: How to clear the air, clean up and prevent fires from spreading," 17 Sep. 2020

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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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15 Oct 2020

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“Unaffected.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaffected. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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