un·​aid·​ed ˌən-ˈā-dəd How to pronounce unaided (audio)
: 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 At the end of the night, he was spotted walking unaided to the team bus flanked by Brown, a few players and assorted staffers. Jeff McDonald, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Nov. 2022 The Webb telescope focused on a part of the sky called the North Ecliptic Pole and was able to use eight different colors of near-infrared light to see celestial objects that are 1 billion times fainter than what can be seen with the unaided eye. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 14 Dec. 2022 For starters, while Hubble is primarily sensitive to visible light, Webb records infrared light that’s invisible to the unaided eye. Dan Falk, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 July 2023 It cannot be seen unaided from the moon, although other results of human activity can be seen, NASA has specified. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, 5 Sep. 2023 The next brightest is Canopus at –0.72, followed by the multiple stars of Alpha Centauri (which appear as just one to the unaided eye) at –0.3. Phil Plait, Scientific American, 28 July 2023 Following the incident, park officials reminded visitors that rock climbing, including the use of technical aids, rappelling, or unaided free climbing is prohibited in all areas of the park. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 3 May 2023 Another 30% are partial eclipses, which are easy to see with the unaided eye. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2023 Observers also make sure swimmers are unaided, and do not rest by holding on to a boat or by pushing off another object or person. Jesus Jiménez, New York Times, 23 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unaided was in 1667

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“Unaided.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaided. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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