un·​con·​firmed | \ ˌən-kən-ˈfərmd How to pronounce unconfirmed (audio) \

Definition of unconfirmed

: of uncertain existence, truth, or accuracy : not confirmed an unconfirmed rumor an unconfirmed case of pneumonia unconfirmed reports of gunfire

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Recent Examples on the Web Guan says there are unconfirmed reports of a mother and her son contracting the same illness, a situation that would have stood out and was, perhaps, something that caught the health commission's attention. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Novel human virus? Pneumonia cases linked to seafood market in China stir concern," 3 Jan. 2020 Crews began fighting the fire around 5 p.m., according to unconfirmed scanner reports. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Multiple fire departments respond to massive house fire in town of Grafton," 4 Dec. 2019 Having heard those allegations, though unconfirmed, the jury also approved Reed’s death sentence. Josiah Bates, Time, "Death Row Inmate Rodney Reed Is Scheduled to Be Executed on Nov. 20. Amid a Movement Advocating for an Execution Stay, and Re-Trial, Here’s What to Know," 13 Nov. 2019 During the political campaign earlier this year, unconfirmed reports circulated that his cellphone had been hacked, perhaps by Iranian intelligence, perhaps revealing salacious material. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "Meet Benny Gantz, the man who may be the post-Netanyahu face of Israel," 22 Oct. 2019 The Dallas Police Department had sent officers door-to-door in a neighborhood northwest of Love Field to check on residents, amid unconfirmed reports on social media that some people in the city had been trapped in damaged buildings. Adeel Hassan, New York Times, "Dallas Tornado Leaves Trail of Damage; Storm Causes Panic at Memphis Airport," 21 Oct. 2019 Western diplomats have also received unconfirmed reports that Yevgeny Prigozhin, a crony of Mr Putin, has set up a branch of his shadowy business empire in Guinea. The Economist, "The Kremlin is encouraging Guinea’s president to ditch the constitution," 21 Oct. 2019 Especially so close to an election, the public should discount unconfirmed leaks about suspects or motives. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Politics of Pipe Bombs," 24 Oct. 2018 There have been unconfirmed reports that West will now solely focus on gospel music. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Kanye West at Lakewood: 'Now, the greatest artist that God ever created is working for him'," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of unconfirmed

1565, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2020

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“Unconfirmed.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unconfirmed. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unconfirmed

: not supported by evidence : not confirmed

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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