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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Calls and emails requesting comment from the election commission and several ministries went unanswered. Abby Seiff / Phnom Penh, Time, "Chinese State-Linked Hackers in Large Scale Operation to Monitor Cambodia's Upcoming Elections, Report Says," 11 July 2018 Calls to Venezuela’s Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Communications seeking comment went unanswered. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "In chaotic Venezuela, guerrillas from Colombia find new territory to grow," 4 June 2018 Multiple attempts to contact Drive president Jbara went unanswered. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "G-Leaguer Zeke Upshaw diagnosed with heart disease year before he died," 2 June 2018 But the indictment left some tantalizing questions unanswered about who may have had contact with the Russian hackers and why. Amber Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "6 questions about the indictment of 12 Russians for hacking," 13 July 2018 The unanswered questions are, in some ways, entirely consistent with Mueller’s approach thus far. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "Indicting 12 Russian Hackers Could Be Mueller's Biggest Move Yet," 13 July 2018 But the scenes leave even more questions unanswered. Tracy Brown, latimes.com, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' piques your interest long after the credits roll," 8 July 2018 There’s still a big unanswered question in the #MeToo era. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "What Donald Trump and Jim Jordan really mean when they say “locker room talk”," 7 July 2018 But among many unanswered questions was whether such migrants would then be able to apply for asylum in the EU. The Economist, "Europe is moving towards the tough immigration policies of Sebastian Kurz," 5 July 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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