un·​backed ˌən-ˈbakt How to pronounce unbacked (audio)
: lacking support or aid

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Ukraine also has rejected the accusation, called for more sanctions against Russia and made unbacked claims against Moscow. John Hudson, Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2022 To cover the losses, the exchange, Bitfinex, took loans from Tether’s reserves, leaving the stablecoin partly unbacked, according to Ms. James’s investigation. New York Times, 13 June 2022 Peters has not complied with the secretary of state’s investigation this week, instead flying to South Dakota to speak at a conference focused on unbacked claims of hacking in the 2020 presidential race. Author: Justin Wingerter, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Aug. 2021 Without decentralisation or a credible link to oil, the petro is just an unbacked currency issued by Venezuela’s discredited government. The Economist, 17 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unbacked was in 1609

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“Unbacked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbacked. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



un·​backed ˌən-ˈbakt How to pronounce unbacked (audio)
: not backed
: lacking support or aid
a plan unbacked by the voters

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