un·​as·​sim·​i·​lat·​ed ˌən-ə-ˈsi-mə-ˌlā-təd How to pronounce unassimilated (audio)
: not assimilated: such as
: not absorbed into the culture or mores of a population or group
unassimilated immigrants
: not thoroughly comprehended
unassimilated facts
: not absorbed or utilized as nourishment
unassimilated nutrients

Examples of unassimilated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Advocates of further restrictions on entry into the United States often cite concerns that immigrants might take jobs that would otherwise go to other Americans, strain public resources and create a permanent underclass of unassimilated families who never catch up. Michael Luca, Washington Post, 10 June 2022 The writing itself was just as singular — unassimilated and unafraid even by today’s standards. Christopher Soto, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2022 Houston introduces us to a different kind of immigrant from what Hollywood usually offers up: the characters are prickly, resourceful, unassimilated. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, 7 Oct. 2022 Adam’s strange fluency is analogous to Darren’s strange, unassimilated hesitancy and simplicity. Elaine Blair, The New York Review of Books, 28 Jan. 2020 And while these illustrations can be helpful counterpoints to the depictions of unassimilated job-stealers, there is also an implication that compassion toward them must be earned through achievement, like merit badges. Dan Greene, SI.com, 31 Jan. 2018 When that motivation is weak or absent, conservatives see an unassimilated migration, resulting in chronic mutual hatred and violence, as a perfectly plausible outcome. Yoram Hazony, WSJ, 13 Oct. 2017 Kane’s role as an unassimilated immigrant wife in Joan Micklin Silver’s Hester Street had already earned her an Oscar nomination Donald Liebenson, HWD, 20 Apr. 2017 Millions of unassimilated immigrants have made a mockery of the dreamy multiculturalism preached by people living comfortably insulated from the influx. George F. Will, The Denver Post, 29 Apr. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1749, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unassimilated was in 1749

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“Unassimilated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unassimilated. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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