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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And although some businesses have postponed planned investments, consumer spending in the factory and farm communities most exposed to the trade war has been unaffected, economists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch reported earlier this month. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, "Trump says China is paying his tariffs, but U.S. companies keep getting the bill," 23 July 2019 Those who have never filed taxes in the state would be unaffected. Alexander Tin, CBS News, "Will Gavin Newsom try to kick Trump off the California ballot?," 15 July 2019 Under most public option and Medicare buy-in measures, most Americans who get health insurance through their work would be unaffected. Dena Bunis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your guide to the debate on the future of health care," 28 June 2019 In May, the Trump administration announced a massive expansion of those tariffs, levying a 25 percent tariff on nearly every category of goods that had been previously unaffected, including computers, smartphones, and televisions. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Apple says incoming China tariffs would be disastrous for business," 20 June 2019 Only the southern archipelago of Tierra del Fuego was unaffected because it is not connected to the main power grid. NBC News, "Hunt for cause of massive South America power outage begins," 17 June 2019 The charges were settled Tuesday without an admission of liability, meaning the company’s small-business status is unaffected. Aaron Gregg, Washington Post, "Former CEO of Atlantic Diving Supply settles fraud allegations for $20 million," 20 Aug. 2019 Doctors think that climate change may have brought flesh-eating bacteria to previously unaffected waters. NBC News, "Is climate change to blame for a rise in 'flesh-eating' bacteria cases? Doctors say yes," 17 June 2019 While phone and internet services will remain unaffected, CenturyLink’s cable franchise agreements will begin to expire in November 2020 on a rolling basis. J.d. Duggan, Twin Cities, "CenturyLink may cut cable in St. Paul’s north suburbs," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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