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 Banks also face other regulatory constraints on their size unaffected by the exemption. Telis Demos, WSJ, "Bank Regulation Tweak Unlikely to Be Cure-All for Treasurys," 9 Mar. 2021 And his filmmaking career continued, more or less unaffected, for the next two decades. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "What we learned from Allen v. Farrow episode 3: 'What matters is what's believed'," 8 Mar. 2021 Because there were few restrictions, billions of dollars in tax breaks have gone to companies unaffected by the pandemic and firms that have laid off thousands of workers. Washington Post, "Congress questions drug companies on opioid settlement tax deductions," 4 Mar. 2021 The much-maligned performance of Sofia Coppola — often touchingly unaffected as Mary, in love with her first cousin, Vincent — remains a diffident element in a movie rife with mixed blessings. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Godfather Coda’ review: A famously disappointing sequel embraces the dying fall," 3 Dec. 2020 Gordon cited a very specific state health law, completely unaffected by the Supreme Court rulings, that gives the head of the state health department authority to take action during a pandemic to restrict gatherings. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan health director tells lawmakers no decision on extending COVID-19 restrictions," 3 Dec. 2020 Of course, the congregation has not been completely unaffected by COVID-19. al, "Remote church brought new opportunity, pastor says," 7 Mar. 2021 That is a minimum, so HOAs with current caps above 25 percent are unaffected by that aspect of the new law. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "HOA Homefront – Capping rentals under Civil Code 4741," 6 Mar. 2021 Yet reports are coming in that many companies’ sales were unaffected by their absence from trade shows. Bill Conerly, Forbes, "Trade Shows Will Regain Importance After The Covid Pandemic," 1 Mar. 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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26 Mar 2021

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“Unaffected.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaffected. Accessed 16 Apr. 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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