un·​an·​swered | \ ˌən-ˈan(t)-sərd How to pronounce unanswered (audio) \

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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The unanswered questions of lava-tube exploration aren’t just technological. Leonard David, Scientific American, "Will Future Lunar Bases Be Underground?," 31 July 2019 But the order leaves two important questions unanswered. S.m. | New York, The Economist, "The Supreme Court’s ruling on the border wall leaves unanswered questions," 29 July 2019 Binance’s crypto charity faces unanswered questions. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Here Comes the IRS—The Ledger," 29 July 2019 But what was also evident was that the show left many unanswered questions. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Game of Thrones Goes on a Victory Lap—and an Apology Tour," 19 July 2019 But there are plenty of critical yet unanswered questions remaining. Eric Umansky, ProPublica, "The Questions Mueller Didn’t Ask," 25 July 2019 There are some important questions that remain unanswered in this world: Will Big Little Lies return for a third season? Thatiana Diaz, refinery29.com, "Is Kylie Jenner Launching Nail Products? All Signs Point To Yes," 25 July 2019 The federal government is suing a state mental health and substance abuse facility for the homeless, citing failures to provide documentation and numerous unanswered communications. USA TODAY, "Saving whales, Manson murder house: News from around our 50 states," 17 July 2019 Despite Apollo’s robust scientific legacy, there were still fundamental questions that were left unanswered for decades after the last human left the moon in 1972 and the last Soviet lander departed shortly thereafter. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "Lunar Mysteries That Science Still Needs to Solve," 16 July 2019

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

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