un·​aid·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈā-dəd How to pronounce unaided (audio) \

Definition of unaided

: not provided with help or assistance a star that is visible to the unaided eye [=that can be seen without a telescope or binoculars] : not aided or assisted paid for her education unaided by her parents … he walks unaided except for a simple wooden cane.— Kate Coyne

Examples of unaided in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, the Andromeda Galaxy is the farthest thing away that can be seen with our unaided eyes. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Mike Lynch: The flying horse of autumn is on a rescue mission," 20 Oct. 2019 Dutch kids ride in child seats practically from birth, are on balance bikes by two, and are cycling unaided by four. Dan Kois, The New Yorker, "How I Learned to Cycle Like a Dutchman," 13 Sep. 2019 Once those functions can be accomplished unaided by adult guests, Miss Manners advises you to invite people by name. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: I publicly shamed these rude people, and they lashed back," 14 Aug. 2019 Once those functions can be accomplished unaided by adult guests, Miss Manners advises you to invite people by name. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Same question, next person. Is this rude?," 14 Aug. 2019 August 9 Mid-August will be the best time in the entire year to catch sight of tiny Mercury, the most elusive of all planets visible to the unaided eye. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "Perseids peak, and more top stargazing events in August," 1 Aug. 2019 The number of stars visible to the unaided human eye isn’t much more than 1,628, which is how many are registered at the 5th magnitude of a brightness scale used by scientists, Robert Zinn, an astronomer at Yale University, said in an email. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, "Elon Musk’s satellites dot the heavens, leaving stargazers upset," 8 July 2019 The virtual autopsy indicated that the boy king suffered from a genetic bone-wasting disease and a club foot, making him unable to walk unaided. Fox News, "King Tut bust that Egypt claims was 'stolen' sells for $6 million," 5 July 2019 Some fear that small donors, unaided, aren’t enough to counteract the power of big donors or dark-money groups. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Why Famous, Powerful Presidential Candidates Are Begging You for Five Dollars," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of unaided

1667, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unaided

: without help : not aided


un·​aid·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈā-dəd\

Kids Definition of unaided

: without help : not aided The star is visible to the unaided eye.

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