unexamined

adjective
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

Examples of unexamined in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nor is the world rid of the unexamined prejudice Archie personified — far from it. David M. Shribman, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Those were (still are) the days’," 9 Jan. 2021 Gebru’s research is ultimately a straightforward declaration of the dangers of unexamined language bias in falsely portraying the world. Sydette Harry, Wired, "Listening to Black Women: The Innovation Tech Can't Figure Out," 11 Jan. 2021 That lapse means the database is potentially missing thousands of people and may explain why the effort to test a backlog of unexamined rape kits for DNA has yielded only one new prosecution. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska requires that DNA be collected from people arrested for violent crimes. Many police agencies have ignored that.," 31 Dec. 2020 But Grant, an organizational psychologist, coaches readers on how to better understand their unexamined — and unchallenged — beliefs. Washington Post, "What to read in 2021 based on what you loved in 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 That a nurse’s job requires an almost preternatural sense of moral obligation goes effectively unsaid; Laura’s extraordinary ability (if not outright desire) to absorb pain is largely unexamined. Pete Tosiello, Washington Post, "Emma Glass’s ‘Rest and Be Thankful’ powerfully describes what it means to be a health-care worker," 2 Dec. 2020 In the new study, a separate team began to analyze a previously unexamined collection of 25 seemingly small megalodon teeth, all found in the past 20 years in northeastern Spain. Lucy Hicks, Science | AAAS, "Megalodon was a megalo-mom," 24 Nov. 2020 America Assembled is over the top yet plays out the hysteria of rabid, unexamined partisanship. Armond White, National Review, "America Assembled Epitomizes Hollywood Political Junk," 11 Nov. 2020 Within a few years, as old divisions turned into unbridgeable chasms, the history of Soviet totalitarianism, left unexamined, gave way to all-encompassing nostalgia. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Why America Needs a Reckoning with the Trump Era," 10 Nov. 2020

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unexamined.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unexamined. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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