un·​ex·​am·​pled ˌən-ig-ˈzam-pəld How to pronounce unexampled (audio)
: having no example or parallel : unprecedented
his ardent attachment and … unexampled passionJane Austen

Example Sentences

her performance in the Olympics was an unexampled display of athletic prowess
Recent Examples on the Web The Progressives pushed for the Seventeenth Amendment, providing for the popular election of senators, at a moment of unexampled corruption in the chamber. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 10 Feb. 2022 The episode is breathtaking in its audacity and poetry, an unexampled work of pure special-effects ballet. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2022 These were posts, by the way, in which Kelly showed no compunction about advancing immigration policies of unexampled cruelty. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct. 2020 In the broadest terms, what’s at issue are the strategy and tactics of organized labor at a time when unions are reckoning with a long slide in their membership and facing unexampled hostility from the federal government and many state governments. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2019 But a war in which most of the enemy is considered beyond any possible surrender or political solution, and must be killed to the last man, is an extraordinary thing, unexampled in American history since the Indian Wars. Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, 20 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1610, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unexampled was in 1610

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“Unexampled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unexampled. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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un·​ex·​am·​pled ˌən-ig-ˈzam-pəld How to pronounce unexampled (audio)
: having no example or match : unprecedented
an unexampled record of achievement
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