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 Are my self-destructive patterns and unexamined cycles of codependency the popular Jim Carrey character The Mask? Judy Berman, Time, "How BoJack Horseman's Brilliant Series Finale Subverts the Typical Hollywood Ending," 30 Jan. 2020 Iowa is one of 13 states that has never had an inmate exonerated by DNA, but tests on previously unexamined crime scene evidence are being sought or are underway in several cases dating back decades. USA TODAY, "Condom conflict, ghost net, smart trash bins: News from around our 50 states," 18 Jan. 2020 The unexamined among us allow these ancient self-perceptions to run the show in current time, but not Nxians. Vanessa Grigoriadis, New York Times, "The ‘Sex Cult’ That Preached Empowerment," 30 May 2018 This nexus of unexamined power simultaneously gathers up Black women in the grasp of disciplinary impulses while also depriving them of the political and discursive tools to hold anyone accountable. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, The New Republic, "Naming the Threat," 2 Jan. 2020 But Jen Miller, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, said the AP analysis highlights a largely unexamined step in a process her organization already views as inefficient and subject to uneven enforcement. CBS News, "Thousands of Ohio absentee applications denied," 16 Dec. 2019 But Jen Miller, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, said the AP analysis highlights a largely unexamined step in a process her organization already views as inefficient and subject to uneven enforcement. Julie Carr Smyth, Cincinnati.com, "Thousands of Ohio absentee applications denied," 16 Dec. 2019 Other times, a topic such as the police’s racially biased treatment of suspects will be raised, only to be left unexamined. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Grieving and forgiveness are focus of Charleston mass shooting documentary ‘Emanuel’," 16 Oct. 2019 The unexamined life may not be worth living, but the overexamined life is not always worth reading. Carlos Lozada, Washington Post, "Self-Portrait in Black and White," 11 Oct. 2019

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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 20 Feb. 2020.

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