undesired

adjective

un·​de·​sired ˌən-di-ˈzī(-ə)rd How to pronounce undesired (audio)
-dē-
: 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 These actors are well-positioned to shepherd those who begin wandering in an undesired direction. Nate Bennett, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 National border policing has two obvious purposes: 1. keeping undesired foreigners out and 2. stopping the native citizenry from leaving. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 Indeed, making its crimes public would have had the undesired effect of warning the victims. TIME, 26 Jan. 2024 Often, using too many products can be unnecessary, cancel each other out, or even stress out skin for undesired results overall. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 12 Jan. 2024 As a result, protections against undesired interaction are built into ActivityPub and the various front ends. Ben Klemens, Ars Technica, 1 Jan. 2023 The possibility of simultaneous crises with both Beijing and Moscow could create new opportunities for misunderstanding and undesired escalation. Charles L. Glaser, Foreign Affairs, 5 Oct. 2023 Open-air evaporation reservoirs are not logistically possible because the Smackover Formation is not overlaying a desert, so local producers aim to use industrial technology that absorbs lithium out of brine, refining away undesired particles. Aaron Gettinger, Arkansas Online, 19 Sep. 2023 Investing too soon could squander fortunes on undesired vehicles, while moving too slow risks ceding the market to early movers like Tesla. Tom Randall, Fortune, 8 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of undesired was in 1599

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“Undesired.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undesired. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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