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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Norton notes that a previous request for information by the U.S. attorney's office has gone unanswered. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton wants more action on hate crimes in city," 4 Sep. 2019 Calls to the Enshi public security bureau Tuesday night went unanswered. Amy Qin, BostonGlobe.com, "Attack at school in China leaves at least 8 children dead," 3 Sep. 2019 Two emails from the readers’ rep seeking comment from the strip’s syndicate, King Features, went unanswered. Adrian Vore, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Union-Tribune drops ‘Mallard Fillmore ' comic strip," 30 Aug. 2019 Emails to an address the new owners gave tenants also went unanswered. Los Angeles Times, "Seniors facing eviction fear homelessness and isolation as California’s housing crisis rolls on," 29 Aug. 2019 Phone calls to The Vern went unanswered Tuesday afternoon. oregonlive.com, "Man in MAGA hat clashed with different Portland bar crowd before his alleged assault, video shows," 27 Aug. 2019 The Colts have not offered an update yet, and requests to comment from the IndyStar have gone unanswered. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is retiring per reports," 24 Aug. 2019 Calls for comment to the CAC and the agency helping with the bid went unanswered. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "China’s propaganda machine is spending over $1 million to buy influence on foreign social media," 21 Aug. 2019 Britain's Foreign Office deferred questions to the government of Gibraltar, but calls and emails to its offices on how authorities planned to respond to Washington's move went unanswered. Fox News, "Iranian tanker set to leave Gibraltar despite US warrant to seize vessel," 17 Aug. 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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