un·​belt·​ed ˌən-ˈbel-təd How to pronounce unbelted (audio)
: not furnished with a belt

Examples of unbelted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The consequences of being unbelted at such a moment are unthinkable, but there is one group of passengers who are not required to wear a seatbelt during takeoff in the US: babies under the age of two. Nicole Kobie, WIRED, 12 Jan. 2024 Wind shears in the jet stream at cruising altitudes cause the turbulence that shifts and wobbles a plane − which can injure unbelted passengers and flight attendants. Ramon Padilla, USA TODAY, 18 July 2023 Since half of all the vehicle occupants that die in crashes are unbelted, anything that reminds people to be restrained has the potential to save lives. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 17 July 2023 In 2019, 73 unbelted motorists lost their lives on Minnesota roads, compared with 96 in 2018. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, 8 Dec. 2020 Nothing drives me more crazy than continuing to see the number of people killed unbelted. Gregory Barber, WIRED, 15 Feb. 2023 The company said this incorrect deployment could happen when a three to six-year-old front passenger is unbelted and out of position. PCMAG, 20 Nov. 2022 Across the state in 2021 the seat belt compliance rate was 93.5% but unbelted occupants still accounted for over half of those killed in traffic crashes, the release said. Brian L. Cox, Chicago Tribune, 7 June 2022 Over 800 people die each year in car crashes who were unbelted in the back seat. Hope Yen and Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, 18 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unbelted was in 1814

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“Unbelted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbelted. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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