un·​em·​phat·​ic | \ ˌən-im-ˈfa-tik How to pronounce unemphatic (audio) , -em- \

Definition of unemphatic

: not having or characterized by special emphasis or stress : not emphatic unemphatic speech a calm, unemphatic tone of voice

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unemphatically \ ˌən-​im-​ˈfa-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce unemphatically (audio) , -​em-​ \ adverb
speaking slowly and unemphatically

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Recent Examples on the Web The beat is steady and usually unemphatic; the song circles through three chords again and again. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Playlist: Christine and the Queens’ Clever Pop, and 8 More New Songs," 6 July 2018 This 1991 feature, the second by Mexican filmmaker Maria Novaro, is leisurely paced and unemphatic but firmly conceived and executed, with a lot of feeling for female solidarity. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Dance / Film / Foreign / Gender Issues / Moviegoing / Old Movies to Watch Now / On Video Five classic films by Latin American women," 17 Apr. 2018 This line, delivered in his usual uninflected, unemphatic tone, is chilling, something that the villain in a Hitchcock thriller, one of those immaculately amoral gentleman-monsters, might have said. Lili Anolik, Vanities, "Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick: A Brief, White-Hot, and Totally Doomed Romance," 14 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of unemphatic

1800, in the meaning defined above

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“Unemphatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unemphatic. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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