un·​at·​trib·​ut·​ed | \ ˌən-ə-ˈtri-ˌbyü-təd How to pronounce unattributed (audio) , -byə- \

Definition of unattributed

: not ascribed or credited to a source : not attributed an unattributed quote unattributed paintings

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Recent Examples on the Web The quotes were unattributed, but at least two recognizably belonged to current members of the country’s ruling party. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Poland’s Ruling Party Puts an Extraordinary Museum of Polish-Jewish History into Limbo," 23 Sep. 2019 On Friday, the controversy heightened again when NOAA released an unattributed statement suggesting the Birmingham NWS office erred by disputing Trump’s tweet. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "Trump denies report White House was involved in NOAA’s Dorian Alabama statement," 11 Sep. 2019 Clemente is a graphic designer and wanted to use an unattributed image of Swami Satchidananda on the Woodstock stage for a poster. Michael Hill, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee man's Woodstock photos are displayed for 1st time, 50 years later," 15 Aug. 2019 Another 19 deaths in that period of time are still unattributed awaiting review by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Jon Kelvey, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "In effort to reduce fatal overdoses, Carroll County to deploy strips to test drugs for fentanyl," 6 Aug. 2019 The claims are often unattributed and are rarely tied in a substantive way to mainstream science. Gary Robbins, latimes.com, "With marijuana legal, California flooded with dubious health claims about the drug," 9 July 2018 The claims are often unattributed and are rarely tied in a substantive way to mainstream science. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Consumers are being flooded with dubious claims about the health benefits of marijuana," 9 July 2018 In the past decade, at least two nonmilitary US satellite systems have experienced brief, unattributed glitches tied to hacking attacks. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space," 26 June 2018 The caption had appeared as an unattributed quote beneath the student's photo. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Yearbook Quote Attributed to Nazi Forces a Massachusetts High School to Issue Apology," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of unattributed

1972, in the meaning defined above

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“Unattributed.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unattributed. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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