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Definition of unanswered

1 : not answered unanswered letters
2 : scored in succession during a period in which an opponent fails to score scored 20 unanswered points in the last quarter

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Recent Examples on the Web For example, one unanswered question that physicists have is why particles like protons or neutrons are so much more massive than what they are predicted to be from the Higgs mechanism. Elizabeth Fernandez, Forbes, 19 Sep. 2021 Such a scenario had lingered as perhaps the last unanswered question of the beginning of Ryan Day’s tenure. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 18 Sep. 2021 Another unanswered question is who will be the Exxon Mobil of the electric car age. New York Times, 7 Sep. 2021 The unanswered question remains however, what is causing these seabirds to starve to death? Davis Hovey, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Aug. 2021 One unanswered question is whether the winners are in-state investors or out-of-state MSOs, which won some of the new dispensary licenses. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, 4 Aug. 2021 An important unanswered question about SARS-CoV-2, therefore, is how long our antibody responses will last. Katherine S. Xue, The New Yorker, 21 July 2021 The other unanswered question is how the film crews got such pristine sound. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 4 July 2021 That’s not the only big unanswered spending question for the division. oregonlive, 23 June 2021

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First Known Use of unanswered

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unanswered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unanswered. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unanswered

: without a reply : not answered
: scored during a time when an opponent fails to score

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