un·​claimed ˌən-ˈklāmd How to pronounce unclaimed (audio)
: not claimed
specifically : not called for by an owner or consignee
unclaimed property/goods

Examples of unclaimed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If a body goes unclaimed after five days, county authorities can bury it. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, 23 Nov. 2023 García went unclaimed and returned to the Rangers as a minor-leaguer. Lindsey Adler, WSJ, 30 Oct. 2023 They were taken into the city's possession after a period of 30 days unclaimed per the city's policy. Brady Knox, Washington Examiner, 10 July 2023 Police had known Dexter’s name, and hers, but failed to contact her, instead letting his body go unclaimed for months in the county morgue. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, 25 Oct. 2023 The latter prize remained unclaimed as of Sept. 10. Jeremy Childs, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2023 While unclaimed remains would typically have been buried in an unmarked grave, the funeral home left Murphy’s above ground, first in the hope that someone would come to claim him, then, with approval from the state, to observe the results of the embalming method. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Oct. 2023 Mohave County Sheriff's Office Renner's identity remained unknown and unclaimed in the Tucson medical examiner's office until 2020 when a special investigations unit brought the remains to Mohave County. CBS News, 11 Oct. 2023 Several other states, such as Alabama, Illinois, and Minnesota, are sending out similar one-time tax rebates or unclaimed property checks for eligible residents. Rachel Schilke, Washington Examiner, 18 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unclaimed was circa 1616

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“Unclaimed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unclaimed. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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