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 The comet started coming nearer to Earth in the ensuing weeks, brightening and then finally appearing to the unaided eye in June 1861. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 19 Apr. 2022 And sky-watchers can look out for an eye-catching huddle of five of our brightest neighboring planets, all visible to the unaided eye. Andrew Fazekas, Science, 30 Dec. 2021 And before him, President Franklin Roosevelt – suffering from polio – hid from the public his use of a wheelchair and inability to walk unaided. Josh Rivera, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2020 Franklin Delano Roosevelt dies of a stroke From his first days in the White House, America’s longest-serving president had hidden from the public his inability to walk unaided. Amy Mckeever And David Beard, National Geographic, 2 Oct. 2020 Most of the time, our unaided intuition would suggest that a small change of density should lead only to a bit more burn. Julia Brodsky, Forbes, 29 May 2021 That finding supports the ancient sources that said the Himerans were mostly left unaided in the second fight, which allowed the Carthaginian force to overpower them. Katherine Reinberger, The Conversation, 12 May 2021 Visibly yellowy-orange to look at with the unaided eye, Arcturus in the constellation of Boötes is a mere 37 light-years from us, and easy to find on clear nights in June. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 6 June 2021 Being alone and unaided — there won’t be an escort craft — will surely prove as tough as the physical strength needed to beat a path through the turbulent sea to Waikiki. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unaided

1667, in the meaning defined above

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“Unaided.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaided. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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