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 The enslaved turned out tasty meals from the scraps and undesired cuts of meat tossed aside by slave masters. Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times, "For many black families, New Year’s greens and black-eyed peas fill the belly and the soul," 1 Jan. 2020 Six years ago, Honda was using noise-cancellation technology to try to shut out undesired noise in the cabin of its popular Accord midsize cars. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Electric cars too quiet? Automakers add real or fake sound to their cabins," 27 Nov. 2019 Unlike carbon, sulfur is actually an undesired contaminant in fuels. Anton Alexandrovich Toutov, The Conversation, "Sulfur pollution from coal and gas is insanely bad – but a new chemistry innovation could clean it up," 23 Oct. 2019 But even with this cultural adaptation, millions of tons of meat, organs, bone, and other undesired carcass fractions are forced into extremely low-value sectors, such as animal feed and the chemicals industry (gums, glues, etc.). Liz Specht, WIRED, "Alt-Meat Trounces Animal Meat's Massive Inefficiencies," 19 Aug. 2019 One is from other researchers and environmentalists who worry that gene drives might become invasive, spreading unintentionally far in nature with undesired effects. Quanta Magazine, "New Model Warns About CRISPR Gene Drives in the Wild," 16 Nov. 2017 Understanding these distinctions may feel superfluous at first, but choosing the wrong option can lead to an undesired look (with a high price tag). Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Drapes or Curtains? Why Choosing the Right Window Treatment Matters," 27 Mar. 2019 Following an inadequate response or an undesired song, his anger gets the better of him. Steven Brykman, Ars Technica, "Douglas Adams was right: “Genuine people personalities” are coming to our gadgets," 22 Dec. 2018 Still, for those who see compulsory voting as the best way to fix turnout, low levels of enforcement seem to work just as well as high levels of enforcement, without the undesired effect of harming certain segments of the voting population. Chayenne Polimedio, Vox, "Is voting a civic right or a civic duty?," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of undesired

1599, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2020

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“Undesired.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undesired. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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