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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Recent Examples on the Web New Zealand's largest city was hurriedly placed into a three-day lockdown Sunday after three unexplained virus cases were found. Nick Perry, Star Tribune, "No new community cases found in New Zealand since lockdown," 15 Feb. 2021 Despite recent renovations and attempts at re-branding the hotel as Stay On Main, the unexplained spookiness hasn't gone away — and neither have the conspiracy theories surrounding the goings on there. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "The Dark History Of The Cecil Hotel — From Its Heyday To Richard Ramirez & American Horror Story," 12 Feb. 2021 Detroit was not the only jurisdiction in Wayne County that was found to have unexplained discrepancies between the number of ballots counted and the number recorded in the precinct's poll book. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "Contrary to complaints, Detroit shows improvement in running election since August primary," 23 Nov. 2020 The initial split was dues to what the canvassers believed to be unexplained discrepancies in Detroit. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, "Wayne County canvasser explains her opposition to certifying election results," 21 Nov. 2020 Their main concern was the unexplained voter discrepancies in the number of ballot records compared to the number of them counted. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Wayne County Republican who rescinded vote got call from Trump," 19 Nov. 2020 Davidson had a long road of mental health challenges and unexplained symptoms before he was diagnosed with BPD at age 23. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Pete Davidson Shares What It Was Like to Finally Get His BPD Diagnosis," 27 Jan. 2021 The first clusters of an unexplained illness were reported to the WHO's office in Beijing on Dec. 31. NBC News, "One year since coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, Americans there look home," 30 Dec. 2020 In September, AstraZeneca and Oxford halted trials in the U.K. after a volunteer experienced an unexplained illness—but did not announce the pause until it was reported in the news media. Michael Zennie, Time, "The Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine Approval May Be the Most Globally Important Yet," 30 Dec. 2020

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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 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unexplained

: having no known reason or cause : not explained

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