un·ex·am·ined | \ˌən-ig-ˈza-mənd \

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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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 The Argentines try to leave nothing unexamined, nothing to chance, so the family is left without doubts — even if there is nothing to bury. Maria Verza, Fox News, "Team studies bones to identify the disappeared in Mexico," 4 June 2018 The Argentines try to leave nothing unexamined, nothing to chance, so the family is left without doubts – even if there is nothing to bury. Maria Verza, The Christian Science Monitor, "Forensic experts search for Mexico's missing," 4 June 2018 According to Fadel, the monster is merely a narrative device designed to jolt his characters out of their isolated, unexamined lives. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Murder Me, Monster' ('Muere, monstro, muere'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 13 May 2018 Based on previously unexamined documents drawn from Austrian archives, the new study seeks to challenge the prevailing academic narrative of the doctor as a principled opponent of National Socialism. Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN, "Pioneering physician Asperger sent children to their deaths, study claims," 19 Apr. 2018

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