un·​de·​tect·​ed ˌən-di-ˈtek-təd How to pronounce undetected (audio)
: not observed, noticed, or detected
an undetected flaw/error
an undetected illness
These rare mistakes are subtle and may go undetected for months and even years.Mario Salvadori

Examples of undetected in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hackers first gained access in August 2021 and went undetected until October 2022, the agency said. Kevin Collier, NBC News, 8 Aug. 2023 Emerald ash borer is a silent, rapid tree killer that lives, often undetected, under the bark of ash trees for 10 months of the year. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 2 Aug. 2023 Nevertheless, in most cases, syphilis goes undetected because the signs and symptoms are misinterpreted or unnoticed. Julia Musto, Fox News, 14 July 2023 Key Takeaways Experts say SARS-CoV-2 has not mutated enough to go undetected by rapid antigen tests. Carla Delgado, Verywell Health, 31 Aug. 2023 And yet, the Russian sabotage ring went undetected until a passerby noticed a camera lens peeking out from the trees and shrubs along an important stretch of track and reported the discovery to authorities, officials said. Mary Ilyushina, Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2023 Roughly four in 10 adults said that they were concerned a family member would unintentionally ingest fentanyl, a potent and deadly synthetic opioid that is often mixed into other drugs or counterfeit pills and that can go undetected. Noah Weiland, New York Times, 15 Aug. 2023 Ellison confessed to a central role in a scheme defrauding investors of billions of dollars that went undetected, McGraw said. Larry Neumeister, Fortune, 11 Aug. 2023 Ellison confessed to a central role in a scheme defrauding investors of billions of dollars that went undetected, McCraw said. Larry Neumeister, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1602, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of undetected was circa 1602

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“Undetected.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undetected. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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