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

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New York Trisha Donnelly’s conspicuously untitled (and unexplained—there is no press release) work of installation art at the Shed is a lyrical op-ed about humanity’s inhumanity to nature. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "A Tree Falls in Hudson Yards," 10 Apr. 2019 The trial scene implodes, first as the clans squabble among themselves, and then as an unexplained fire breaks out and engulfs the room. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "15 years later, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is finally happening," 21 Mar. 2019 Another possibility here is vulvodynia, which is when a person experiences chronic, unexplained vulvar and/or vaginal pain, according to the Mayo Clinic. Jessica Wakeman, SELF, "Ob/Gyns Share 11 Ways to Make a Pap Smear Easier on You and Your Vagina," 11 Jan. 2019 Inquests are held in Britain to determine the facts in sudden, violent or unexplained deaths. Fox News, "Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication," 6 Sep. 2018 Symptoms of this syndrome include fever, abdominal pain, fatigue, small unexplained bruises or bleeding, and pallor. Susan Scutti, CNN, "197 illnesses, five deaths in E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce," 1 June 2018 Should some anomaly be noticed, it would likely be cast as an unexplained oddity. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Tiny Chinese Microchips Reportedly Found Hidden in Amazon, Apple Servers," 4 Oct. 2018 And there’s plenty of strange activity still unexplained, including a meeting by Erik Prince, the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, in the Seychelles that may have been an attempt to set up a backchannel with Russia. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "4 Key Takeaways From Mueller’s First Year—and What’s Next," 17 May 2018 Season two features catatonic victims of the Shadow King whose teeth chatter for reasons that initially go unexplained, a trio of feminine Androids who sport mustaches for some reason, and a host of revelations that will likely leave you speechless. Patrick Cooley, cleveland.com, "Even with a different setting, 'Legion" season 2 is just as mind-bending as the first," 3 Apr. 2018

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1721, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unexplained

: having no known reason or cause : not explained

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