un·​ex·​am·​ined | \ ˌən-ig-ˈza-mənd How to pronounce unexamined (audio) \

Definition of unexamined

: not subjected to examination (such as critical scrutiny, analysis, or comparison) : not carefully weighed or examined … encouraging students to question their own unexamined beliefs …— Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt With every aspect of public education coming under increased scrutiny, no program is left unexamined.— Patty Kohler and Jacque Reese "The unexamined life is not worth living."— translation of Socrates, as quoted in Plato's Apology

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At this stage in his sublimely unexamined life and increasingly evident cognitive decline, Trump isn’t really capable of very compelling misdirections or even passably convincing falsehoods. David Roth, The New Republic, "Making sense of Donald Trump's petulant reign," 12 June 2019 Their passion is for the spontaneous or cowardly or unexamined deed, and its consequences. The New York Review of Books, "Christine Smallwood," 10 May 2012 The question of whether Western universities have or haven’t abused their positions of authority—and so invited populist attacks on them—remains wholly unexamined. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "Politics: The Government We ‘Like’," 22 Feb. 2019 Playing a version of herself in an improv group—thus the tricky title—this troubled teenager is caught between her mother, a textbook case of unexamined anxiety, and the purblind, emotionally predatory woman who leads the group. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Madeline’s Madeline’ Review: Unraveling On and Off Stage," 9 Aug. 2018 As a result of these evasive tactics, the core constitutional issues of upstream surveillance remain unexamined. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "The ACLU's Biggest Roadblock to Fighting Mass Surveillance," 29 June 2018 Was that work evil, immoral or simply the sort of unexamined conduct that could pass for reputable science at the time? Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Three Identical Strangers’ Review: A Family Reunion Like No Other," 28 June 2018 This disclosure entry was unexamined until now, when NBC News dug in to find the source of revenue. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "How Melania Trump Got Paid by the News Media's Licensing of Trump Family Photos," 2 July 2018 Onira-tech is one of those science-fictional businesses that does something historically miraculous and profitable while also seeming to remain unknown and unexamined. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "The sci-fi procedural `Reverie' has all kinds of design flaws and half-baked ideas," 29 May 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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