un·built | \ˌən-ˈbilt \

Definition of unbuilt 

1 : not built : not yet constructed

2 : not built on an unbuilt plot

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Over the past few years, an increasing number of developers and real estate companies have used VR as a way of pitching unbuilt condos or showcasing a luxury home to buyers who might live in another city. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "How architects are using virtual reality to walk through buildings that don't yet exist," 3 July 2018 People might return to unbuilt architecture as inspiration for the future, but unrealized cities offer more than just old ideas renewed. Darran Anderson, The Atlantic, "The Cities That Never Existed," 17 June 2018 Though unbuilt, Le Corbusier’s proposals would go on to influence others. Darran Anderson, The Atlantic, "The Cities That Never Existed," 17 June 2018 Some 72 years later, and after more than a dozen commissions, reports and white papers on where to put it, the third runway remains unbuilt. The Economist, "Heathrow’s third runway could be blown off course by pollution," 28 June 2018 And every infill home is one that goes unbuilt on the edges, preserving rural and open spaces and prevent sprawl. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Big Tech Isn’t the Problem With Homelessness. It’s All of Us," 21 June 2018 Citizens would do well to revisit these unbuilt cities, to let their alternate histories roll around in the head. Darran Anderson, The Atlantic, "The Cities That Never Existed," 17 June 2018 The choice is clear -- between a slick bid based on gleaming stadiums in the United States, Mexico and Canada or an ambitious attempt from Morocco based on as-yet largely unbuilt facilities. Gay Jackson, chicagotribune.com, "North America or Morocco for 2026 World Cup - FIFA votes," 12 June 2018 Currently, the city asks builders to maintain 25 feet of unbuilt space in the front of a property, 15 feet in the rear and keep side setbacks to 10% of a lot’s width, between five and 20 feet. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "LCF Council considers new law to stem tide of setback encroachments," 7 June 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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