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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 Seventeen practices in the past 22 days provided a more consistent look at players, offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said, but having no exhibitions leaves unanswered questions. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Cutdown is Vikings' moment of truth for evaluation methods," 4 Sep. 2020 There are still many unanswered questions about how the space-surviving microbes could physically survive the transfer from one celestial body to another. Popular Science, "Clumps of bacteria could spread life between planets," 27 Aug. 2020 Victoria Baur, teaches English at T.H. Harris Middle School in Metairie, said there have been too many unanswered questions. Faimon A. Roberts Iii | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "The sudden delay of Jefferson Parish schools has parents scrambling for child care," 11 Aug. 2020 Adding to the grief and frustration are myriad unanswered questions over what caused the blast. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "Beirut braces for protests as grief over blast turns to fury: ‘Resign or hang’," 8 Aug. 2020 Massive unanswered questions, data points followed by trains of ellipses, variables that couldn't be pulled from clouds into concrete all created a blanket of indecision. Steve Straessle, Arkansas Online, "Purpose in chaos," 8 Aug. 2020 While a White House official has preliminarily told the Los Angeles Times that gaming companies in which Tencent has a stake will not be affected by the executive order, the lack of clarity still leaves many unanswered questions. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Fortnite and League of Legends players could be collateral damage from Trump’s WeChat ban," 6 Aug. 2020 This is just one of the unanswered questions authorities have, some dating back to when the ammonium nitrate arrived on a cargo ship that docked in Beirut in November 2013. TheWeek, "Workers were trying to secure Beirut warehouse just hours before massive explosion," 31 Aug. 2020 Many important unanswered personal and community questions abound. Steven Phillips, STAT, "To improve our dismal Covid-19 performance, establish common ground between lockdown and open economy," 25 Aug. 2020

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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 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unanswered

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

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