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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Recent Examples on the Web However, most of the action happens too slowly for our eyes to see unaided. Scientific American, "The Plant Kingdom's Most Unusual Talents [Slide Show]," 11 Mar. 2021 But most of the celestial objects of interest to telescope observers are not that bright or may even be invisible to the unaided eye. Curtis Roelle, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Star Points: Celestial coordinate system helps maps out the sky," 6 Mar. 2021 Seniors felt unaided and upset when their CVS shut down. Soo Rin Kim, ABC News, "'Pharmacy deserts' are new front in the race to vaccinate for COVID-19," 5 Mar. 2021 Palace sources stressed after Tuesday's admission to the hospital that this was not an emergency admission and that Philip walked into the hospital unaided. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Prince William Gives Update on His Grandfather Prince Philip, 99, Who Remains Hospitalized for Sixth Day," 22 Feb. 2021 Still, Taiwanese forces unaided can’t hope to repel a Chinese invasion for long, meaning that any successful defense would require U.S. support — and perhaps assistance from other allies. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "‘As scary as possible’: Taiwan wants to work with Quad to contain China’s military," 13 Jan. 2021 After your eyes adjust, however, the two should be easy to see with the unaided eye, separated by space equal to the width of a full moon. Andrew Fazekas, Science, "10 spectacular stargazing events to watch in 2021," 29 Dec. 2020 Over the next two weeks, the cosmic spectable will be easy to see with the unaided eye if there's clear skies, according to NASA. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, "Christmas Star in sky tonight for first time in 800 years: How to see it in Michigan," 22 Dec. 2020 Jupiter and Saturn are easily seen with the unaided eye. Marisol Chávez, Dallas News, "How rare is the Jupiter-Saturn Great Conjunction? Can I take a picture with my phone? An astronomer answers these and other questions," 21 Dec. 2020

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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 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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