un·​ex·​plained | \ ˌən-ik-ˈsplānd How to pronounce unexplained (audio) \

Definition of unexplained

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

Examples of unexplained in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was an unexplained gap in the messages after Nov. 24, 2020, the Post reported. Amanda Kaufman, BostonGlobe.com, 17 June 2022 The Mississippi University Research Center study said some of the state's gender pay gap could be explained by the types of jobs women and men were working, but the unexplained wage gap remained about 18% in Mississippi and about 15% nationwide. CBS News, 25 Apr. 2022 Burners have turned up recently in connection with a very different sort of mystery, as first reported by CBS News and The Washington Post: an unexplained seven-hour gap in the White House phone logs for Jan. 6, 2021. Clarence Page, chicagotribune.com, 1 Apr. 2022 Dailey transferred to South Alabama from Kentucky prior to last season, and played in two games — catching one pass for six yards — before leaving the team for unexplained reasons. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 18 Mar. 2022 The new law, SEA 9, will require local supervising agencies across the state to create back-up verification methods to confirm the location of someone whose monitor goes offline for unexplained reasons. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Mar. 2022 Each day will center programming around a unique theme or genre, such as military, technology and innovation, world events, American history, modern achievement, unexplained phenomena, and biographical tributes. Michael Schneider, Variety, 14 Feb. 2022 Havana Syndrome is a set of unexplained medical symptoms including headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, anxiety and cognitive difficulties. Warren P. Strobel, WSJ, 2 Feb. 2022 Health officials took notice of the unexplained illnesses after a cluster of five cases presented at one children's hospital in the state last November, with three of those cases involving acute liver failure. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unexplained

1721, in the meaning defined above

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“Unexplained.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unexplained. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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