un·​ex·​am·​ined ˌən-ig-ˈza-mənd How to pronounce unexamined (audio)
: 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 What starts as an odd story about a speaking bust becomes a portrait of unexamined lives. Murtada Elfadl, Variety, 20 Jan. 2024 Kat’s unexamined preconceptions about Black people slip out and are immediately called out. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, 24 Jan. 2024 Nothing will change as long as each of us clings to our own unexamined beliefs. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, 14 Jan. 2024 In the sensitive hands of director Lila Neugebauer and her top-notch cast, these people are complicated and they’re blinkered, monstrous and pitiable, trying and failing, not individually hateful and collectively matured in a slow cooker of unexamined bias and malice. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 18 Dec. 2023 Yet relatively unexamined in the maelstrom has been Martinez’s brief references to Bakewell, a high-profile leader among Black Angelenos, real estate developer and the executive publisher and owner of the Los Angeles Sentinel, the long-running Black newspaper. Brian Contrerasstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2022 Separately, only this year did the victims’ families learn that 89 cardboard boxes containing remains retrieved from excavations in 2001 were unexamined for over two decades, stashed away in a university basement. Pascale Bonnefoy, New York Times, 30 Aug. 2023 The problem is also relatively unexamined at the national scale. Mira Rojanasakul, New York Times, 28 Aug. 2023 Quent’s love is rather like what a child might feel for his mother; his wife is an unexamined ground of being. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 17 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unexamined was in the 15th century

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“Unexamined.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unexamined. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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