un·​an·​swered | \ˌən-ˈan(t)-sərd \

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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Loyd scored four unanswered points to tie it before DeWanna Bonner (21 points) put Phoenix on top again 87-85. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Storm outlasts Mercury in overtime to take 2-0 lead in WNBA semifinals," 28 Aug. 2018 The football team came close to winning the title but gave up 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and fell, 14-13, to Waunakee. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "School of the year: A look at what made Arrowhead and rest of top 10 great the past year," 2 July 2018 Philadelphia, playing without veteran starting QB Dan Raudabaugh, coughed away a 28-14 lead and surrendered 21 unanswered points to fall back to .500 after starting the season 3-0. Mitchell Gladstone, Philly.com, "Soul allows 21 unanswered points, hands Washington Valor its first win of season," 10 June 2018 Henry Wedbush had a kill and a block as the visitors scored six unanswered points, taking a 10-7 lead and prompting Ciarelli to burn his first timeout of the match. Matt Szabo, latimes.com, "Newport Harbor boys’ volleyball sweeps Loyola, earns rematch against CdM," 25 May 2018 After the Cavs stormed through East and right back to Boston, the Celtics scored 17 unanswered points to break the game open in the first quarter. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "The Celtics Are Built to Harrass LeBron James," 14 May 2018 Tom Brady, who went on to win the MVP award, rallied New England for 11 unanswered points over the final eight minutes. Cindy Boren, chicagotribune.com, "NFL schedule 2018: Games to watch for every team," 19 Apr. 2018 In just over two minutes, Arlee had scored 14 unanswered points. Abe Streep, New York Times, "What the Arlee Warriors Were Playing For," 4 Apr. 2018 The Timberwolves scored six more unanswered points in an 11-0 run to within seven. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets take down Timberwolves, cap victorious back-to-back," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unanswered

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unanswered

: without a reply : not answered

sports : scored during a time when an opponent fails to score

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