un·​de·​sired | \ ˌən-di-ˈzī(-ə)rd How to pronounce undesired (audio) , -dē- \

Definition of undesired

: not wanted or desired : unwanted an undesired result/effect undesired behavior an undesired visitor

Examples of undesired in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To avoid flare-ups and undesired symptoms, the National Eczema Association recommends using body washes free of soap, fragrances, dyes and scents. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 June 2022 Genealogy can easily be a narcissistic endeavor, steeped in self-aggrandizement, a way of making false connections and eliminating undesired ones. Maud Newton, WSJ, 6 Apr. 2022 Kellams said other concerns of babies feeding on goat milk include electrolyte imbalance, in which compounds like calcium are at undesired levels in the body, kidney complications and improper organ and brain development. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 20 May 2022 When used properly, that data can power systems that connect people to opportunities, prevent undesired outcomes, and advance overall progress. Andrew Beers, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 As a result, kids may exhibit undesired or hyperactive behaviors or irritability. Anchorage Daily News, 14 Apr. 2022 Researchers need to fiddle with the amounts or efficiency of the various enzymes engineered into the microbes to optimize the production of carminic acid and reduce the amounts of undesired byproducts. Brittany J. Miller, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 The group’s gene drive uses a molecule called a guide RNA that directs the Crispr system to remove the undesired variant of a gene—in this case, an insecticide-resistant mutation called kdr. Emily Mullin, Wired, 2 Feb. 2022 This consensus gives credence to the idea, which perpetuates the societal belief of the model minority, and generalizes college hopefuls from Sri Lanka and Japan under a singular, undesired bracket. WSJ, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of undesired

1599, in the meaning defined above

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“Undesired.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undesired. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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