un·​al·​tered ˌən-ˈȯl-tərd How to pronounce unaltered (audio)
: in an original state : not changed or altered
unaltered documents
Ancient materials should still be accessible from the surface, and we would expect them to be relatively unaltered by geological processes.Christopher P. McKay et al.
: not castrated or spayed : intact
If the substance builds up on the fur, a bacterial infection may occur. Unaltered male cats seem most prone to this problem …Margaret Reister

Examples of unaltered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Encourage key stakeholders to get involved in the rebranding process to ensure the brand’s essence remains unaltered. Kristin Marquet, Rolling Stone, 30 Jan. 2024 The traffic, the history, the fact that parts of the waterfront — Fells Point with its cobblestone streets and creaking, old taverns in particular — are relatively unaltered, make Baltimore primo magnet fishing territory. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2023 The actor’s wife, Gossip Girl alum Lively, shared the unaltered photo on her own Instagram account following the London showing of Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé earlier in the week. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, 3 Dec. 2023 In 2019, the year of the last general election, the government allowed private FM channels to carry news bulletins, but only those produced by All India Radio, which have to be aired in unaltered form. Adil Rashid, WIRED, 28 Nov. 2023 Cameras positioned inside dens have shown that hibernating bears groom themselves more frequently than once thought, in the process swallowing hair and bits of bedding such as leaves and grass that pass unaltered through the digestive tract. Steven Hill, Field & Stream, 29 Nov. 2023 In the first two phases, the skeletons were found to be mostly complete and unaltered. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 22 Nov. 2023 This unaltered gem sat unoccupied for nearly thirty years, and had original everything: elm wood wall paneling, dark terrazzo floors, shoji-style pocket doors, and even drapes. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 16 Oct. 2023 The unaltered image can be found in a 2016 fact sheet about the research, a 2020 study and a 2020 BBC report. Nate Trela, USA TODAY, 28 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unaltered was in 1551

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“Unaltered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaltered. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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