un·​an·​swered ˌən-ˈan(t)-sərd How to pronounce unanswered (audio)
: not answered
unanswered letters
: scored in succession during a period in which an opponent fails to score
scored 20 unanswered points in the last quarter

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Nickelodeon series ended in 2008, but a follow-up short film premiered on YouTube revealed a major unanswered question from the show that broke the internet in 2015. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, 12 Jan. 2023 Yet this unanswered question now applies to nearly everyone on Earth. Benjamin Mazer, The Atlantic, 7 Dec. 2022 There may be a workable version of this story, but why this one had to be so positively dyspeptic remains an unanswered question. Declan Gallagher, EW.com, 30 Sep. 2022 Underlining the unanswered question over what is permissible under the 60-day rule, experts in legal ethics had dueling views on what Mr. Garland might opt to do. Charlie Savage, New York Times, 4 Sep. 2022 Portland closed the second quarter with a 15-0 run to enter halftime with a 61-52 lead, and then scored five more unanswered points to open the third quarter and stretch their run to 20-0, and lead to 66-52. Detroit Free Press, 3 Jan. 2023 How much and how long is a still-unanswered question. Alex Harris, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Dec. 2022 One of the big surprises for Messonnier is how many scientific questions remain unanswered at this point. Helen Branswell, STAT, 27 Dec. 2022 Auburn committed four turnovers in the final 3:50 of the half, as Washington scored nine unanswered to cut the lead to six with 22 seconds to play until halftime. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 21 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unanswered was in the 14th century

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“Unanswered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unanswered. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

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