un·​ex·​plained | \ˌən-ik-ˈsplānd \

Definition of unexplained 

: not explained or accounted for an unexplained error an unexplained delay

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Onscreen, the consciousness of A.I.s is a given, achieved in a manner as emergent and unexplained as the blooming of our own consciousness. Tad Friend, The New Yorker, "How Frightened Should We Be of A.I.?," 7 May 2018 The script, however, by the director, Brad Silberling, invites confusion by leaving too much unexplained and offering the barest minimum of action. Ken Jaworowski, New York Times, "Review: ‘An Ordinary Man’ Stars Ben Kingsley as a War Criminal," 12 Apr. 2018 For months, Kayla Rahn of Montgomery, Alabama had unexplained stomach pain and was unable to lose weight. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "GRAPHIC IMAGES: Alabama woman's 50-pound weight gain turns out to be massive ovarian cyst," 28 June 2018 But over the weekend, Cuban officials released a statement reporting that one of the two new potential cases, a female worker, reported health symptoms on May 29 and had heard unexplained sounds in her home two days earlier. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "US pulls two more from Cuba amid puzzling health cases now affecting China," 11 June 2018 Most of the incidents were accompanied by bizarre, unexplained sounds that initially led U.S. investigators to suspect a sonic attack. Kelvin Chan And Dake Kang, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. Embassy in China sends new alert for mystery health issue," 8 June 2018 Most of the incidents were accompanied by bizarre, unexplained sounds that initially led U.S. investigators to suspect a sonic attack. BostonGlobe.com, "More Americans screened over mystery health issues overseas," 7 June 2018 Child has unusual, unexplained or out of the ordinary tattoos. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Youth sex trafficking is a bigger problem in Wisconsin than you might think. Here's what parents need to know.," 29 June 2018 The unexplained incident sank the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, which had only restored diplomatic relations in 2015 after more than half a century. Jessica Meyers, latimes.com, "Injury U.S. consulate worker in China suffered after odd sounds is similar to Cuba case, Pompeo says," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of unexplained

1721, in the meaning defined above

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