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

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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 By 1999, astronomers had detected a dozen companions, many of them invisible to the unaided eye. Quanta Magazine, "Missing Galaxies? Now There’s Too Many," 9 Jan. 2019 Medical personnel tended to Vonn for a few minutes before the world’s most famous ski racer got to her feet, put on her skis, and went down the hill unaided. Steve Douglas, The Seattle Times, "Shiffrin wins super-G, Vonn crashes at worlds," 5 Feb. 2019 Some students approach college as a solo endurance test, a kind of unaided climb up an academic Mount Everest. Michael E. Latham, Teen Vogue, "College Advice From a College Dean," 13 Aug. 2018 Philip was also able to attend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding, walking into St. George’s Chapel unaided, despite his recent hip replacement. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "70 Years in Love! Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth Enjoy Sunny Polo Date," 25 June 2018 One man succeeded in getting out of the water unaided. sandiegouniontribune.com, "June 1, 1889: Johnstown flood," 1 June 2018 If conditions don’t improve, most fans will be unable to see the majority of the race unaided. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Justify wins the 143rd Preakness Stakes in a close finish to keep alive Triple Crown bid," 19 May 2018 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. James Rogers, Fox News, "King Tut mystery solved: No 'hidden chamber' in famous tomb, experts say," 7 May 2018

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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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