un·​ex·​plained ˌən-ik-ˈsplānd How to pronounce unexplained (audio)
: not explained or accounted for
an unexplained error
an unexplained delay

Examples of unexplained in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The condition is characterized by unexplained symptoms that include migraines, fatigue, vertigo, anxiety, dizziness, memory lapses and cognitive impairment. Nik Popli, TIME, 1 Apr. 2024 While the incidents left victims with enduring symptoms of concussion and other brain trauma, exams showed scant signs of injury, though doctors for some victims have reported unexplained damage to the bones of the inner ear. Dan Morrison, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2024 And Navalny died under still unexplained circumstances in a remote Arctic prison last month, making any potential deal impossible. Charles Maynes, NPR, 29 Mar. 2024 Ultimately, some bleeding during pregnancy is simply unexplained. Krissi Danielsson, Parents, 28 Mar. 2024 Those include asthma, high blood pressure, cardiac rhythm disturbances or any heart disease, unstable diabetes, seizure disorders such as epilepsy, and a family history of sudden or unexplained cardiac death. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 14 Mar. 2024 That’s why the saga around her unexplained surgery and subsequent altered family photo has been so damaging for this ancient institution, commentators say. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 14 Mar. 2024 While some skeptics find the military's flare explanation plausible, others acknowledge that some aspects of the Phoenix Lights incident remain unexplained. The Arizona Republic, 13 Mar. 2024 The as-yet unexplained failure of the Kairos rocket, which was carrying a Japanese government satellite, knocked the shares of Canon Electronics by nearly 13%. David Meyer, Fortune, 13 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1721, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unexplained was in 1721

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“Unexplained.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unexplained. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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