un·​claimed | \ ˌən-ˈklāmd How to pronounce unclaimed (audio) \

Definition of unclaimed

: not claimed specifically : not called for by an owner or consignee unclaimed property/goods

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Jurisdictions across America are wrestling with what to do with their unclaimed dead. The Economist, "What happens to those who die poor or unclaimed in NYC," 15 June 2019 The services are supported by the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veteran Program, a joint effort by Dignity Memorial funeral homes, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and veteran's groups to provide all unclaimed veterans with a final salute. Sophie Sherry And Paul Murphy, CNN, "A funeral home will provide full military burial for a Vietnam veteran who died without family," 12 June 2019 The roads teem with dump trucks and most street corners are clogged with signs advertising debris removal services or pleas to identify unclaimed pets. Washington Post, "Teens graduating in California town nearly destroyed by fire," 7 June 2019 The morgue in the state capital of Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-largest city, was crammed with unclaimed bodies that, under the new law, couldn’t be buried. Juan Montes, WSJ, "‘It’s a Crisis of Civilization in Mexico.’ 250,000 Dead. 37,400 Missing.," 14 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, state officials are trying to construct a cemetery to hold unclaimed bodies that could be located again if they are identified. Fox News, "Mexico fires morgue director in corpse scandal," 18 Sep. 2018 The next year that is unclaimed by a host isn’t until 2025—next up is New York’s Bethpage Black—but the May weather will create different options. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Golf’s Looming Schedule Overhaul Could Elevate PGA Championship," 11 Aug. 2018 The bodies might be unclaimed, Gunn told the small gathering, but only by human beings. Bob Warren, NOLA.com, "'56 bodies, 56 stories -- all have a sad ending': Unclaimed bodies laid to rest in Covington," 21 Apr. 2018 The law orders the creation of a national registry of forensic data, which would include DNA information from unidentified and unclaimed bodies as well as DNA from relatives of the missing. Juan Montes, WSJ, "‘It’s a Crisis of Civilization in Mexico.’ 250,000 Dead. 37,400 Missing.," 14 Nov. 2018

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circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unclaimed

: not asked for or taken by an owner : not claimed

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