un·claimed | \ ˌən-ˈklāmd \

Definition of unclaimed 

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

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But the sad implications of a body lying unclaimed in a morgue for months are difficult to contemplate. Kevin Riordan, Philly.com, "They died alone. No one has claimed their remains. But soon, they will be laid to rest.," 16 Feb. 2018 The rewards went unclaimed, but the tiger’s fame grew. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger," 16 Jan. 2012 After years of treasurers themselves calling for dismantling the job, candidates from both parties now are talking about giving the post auditing powers and oversight over unclaimed property and a college savings program. Max Bayer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Voters kept Wisconsin’s treasurer position but what’s next?," 6 July 2018 The bodies reached Hart Island on a ferry like all the others, in spare wooden boxes and bound for ignominious mass interment off the coast of the Bronx where New York City buries its unclaimed dead by the hundreds in long, shallow trenches. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "Dead of AIDS and Forgotten in Potter’s Field," 3 July 2018 Approximately, $2 billion in unclaimed property has been returned to its rightful owners in Texas. State Senator Robert Nichols, Houston Chronicle, "Nichols: Comptroller hoping to reconnect Texans with unclaimed property," 29 June 2018 Odds of winning depend upon the number of unclaimed prizes and the number of eligible entries received. Houston Chronicle, "Official Rules: Daily Playbook Newsletter TXSN Ticket Giveaway," 11 May 2018 Last year, the amount of unclaimed prizes added up to $34 million. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "$50K Powerball ticket sold in Macomb County will be worthless soon," 16 Feb. 2018 The route would serve bucket-list travelers, but some observers also see it as a geopolitical move, part of China’s long game to establish a presence at the pole to gain future access to its coal, oil and other as-yet-unclaimed resources. Sasha Issenberg, Smithsonian, "Fifty Years Ago, Airline Diplomacy Sought to Bring the U.S. and U.S.S.R. Closer Together," 27 June 2018

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circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

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