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 And a similar SgrA*-orbiting body called G1 is also unexplained. Nadia Drake, Scientific American, "Mysterious, Dusty Objects Are Swarming the Milky Way’s Core," 15 Jan. 2020 The season was full of curious things that went unexplained. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Ranking the unanswered Cleveland Browns questions after Freddie Kitchens’ one-and-done season," 4 Jan. 2020 For reasons that are still unexplained, the FBI did not do anything with the information for almost a year. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Report: USA Gymnastics never asked Simone Biles if she'd been abused by Larry Nassar," 22 Nov. 2019 In other words, the Pentagon says the aerial objects in the videos are simply unidentified, and for now, unexplained. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy Says Those UFO Videos Are Real," 16 Sep. 2019 Murray said the case is being investigated under the country's Anti-Corruption Act of 2008 which empowers the agency to probe unexplained wealth of public officials. Amadu Lamrana Bah, CNN, "President's aide boasted about wealth in church, sparks corruption probe," 29 Aug. 2019 The attorney general’s office admitted in court that no board members were linked to wiretap evidence or found in possession of unexplained wealth. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "The U.S. Funds Guatemalan Abuse," 19 Aug. 2018 In 2016, Riley Children's Hospital contacted police after Alberts' son, who was 15 years old at the time, was being treated for leukemia and developed persistent and unexplained blood infections. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana woman who injected feces into son's IV sentenced for battery and neglect charges," 26 Dec. 2019 The results were part of a regional push in 2018 to obtain data on WNV in ruffed grouse, which showed signs of an unexpected and unexplained population decline in late 2017 and 2018. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "West Nile Virus found in 29% of Wisconsin ruffed grouse in 2018 study," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unexplained

1721, in the meaning defined above

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19 Feb 2020

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“Unexplained.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unexplained. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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: having no known reason or cause : not explained

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