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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Many sellers get 90 percent or more of their sales from Amazon, making them vulnerable to the company’s demands and abrupt, unexplained changes in its policy. BostonGlobe.com, "Amazon probed by US antitrust officials over marketplace - The Boston Globe," 12 Sep. 2019 Many sellers get 90% or more of their sales from Amazon, making them vulnerable to the company’s demands and abrupt, unexplained changes in its policy. Los Angeles Times, "FTC interviews merchants in Amazon antitrust probe," 11 Sep. 2019 Four days ago, Israel's Netanyahu made his strongest hint yet that Israel was responsible for a series of unexplained attacks on militia targets in Iraq in recent weeks. Andrew Carey, CNN, "Hezbollah vows retaliation after Israel claims responsibility for airstrikes near Damascus," 26 Aug. 2019 Naturally, Air Force officials knew the majority of these unexplained sightings were U-2 tests, but they were not allowed to reveal these details to the public. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The Real Story Behind the Myth of Area 51," 17 July 2019 At this stage, the death is being treated as unexplained. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Louis Tomlinson's 18-Year-Old Sister Félicité Died of Accidental Drug Overdose: Coroner," 11 Sep. 2019 And a Dallas police spokesman only dispatched a note announcing Hall was out after rumors circulated that the chief of police was absent, for unexplained reasons, in the midst of one of Dallas' most violent summers in recent memory. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, "Dallas police chief U. Renee Hall's absence was poorly handled, city manager says," 8 Aug. 2019 These are millisecond-long blips of intense and unexplained radio signals that pop up all over the sky, temporarily outshining radio pulsars in our galaxy despite being perhaps a million times farther away. Joshua Sokol, WIRED, "Astronomers Think They Can Explain Mysterious Cosmic Bursts," 10 Mar. 2019 Here are some of the most likely reasons for unexplained weight gain, and how to stop it in its tracks. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, "Why You're Gaining Weight Suddenly, According to Doctors and Dietitians," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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