un·​at·​trib·​ut·​ed ˌən-ə-ˈtri-ˌbyü-təd How to pronounce unattributed (audio)
: not ascribed or credited to a source : not attributed
an unattributed quote
unattributed paintings

Examples of unattributed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Parsing this formulation requires familiarity with two relatively trivial online entities—Pop Crave and Chart Data—both of which exist to spew unattributed pop-culture facts into the ether. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, 17 Aug. 2023 Additional context for details would have been helpful, too: Names appear without introduction; unattributed and uncited quotes abound, leaving the reader to wonder who is speaking. Jessica Hopper, Washington Post, 13 July 2023 Misinformation about potential voter fraud also spread rapidly in conservative corners of the Brazilian internet, including unattributed videos that purported to show voting machines malfunctioning and out-of-the-blue claims that election officials had rigged the vote. André Spigariol, New York Times, 31 Oct. 2022 This setup, along with cascades of unattributed dialogue and quicksilver narratorial intrusions, gives the book a kind of flickering reality that feels truly sublime, and somehow an epitome of what writing can be: multivoiced, from different perspectives at once, Pessoaesque. Damion Searls, The New Republic, 14 Sep. 2021 The school released an unattributed statement after Miller’s attorney and UA athletic director Greg Byrne provided updates on the information stated by police investigators yesterday, which placed Miller and freshman Jaden Bradley at the scene of the Jan. 15 shooting on the Tuscaloosa strip. Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 22 Feb. 2023 During the episode, various voices, including Phelps-Roper, repeatedly read unattributed tweets allegedly sent to Rowling. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Mar. 2023 Now that the sourcing looks suspect, the magazine publishes an unattributed statement and seeks to move on. Erik Wemple, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2023 Gray propaganda is the communication from an unattributed or hidden source. Jeff Bradford, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unattributed was in 1972

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“Unattributed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unattributed. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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