un·​ex·​pressed | \ ˌən-ik-ˈsprest How to pronounce unexpressed (audio) \

Definition of unexpressed

: not expressed an unexpressed gene especially : not uttered in words : unspoken unexpressed feelings/emotions an unexpressed wish/desire an unexpressed policy

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Recent Examples on the Web Consciously work to release any tensions that stem from unexpressed frustrations. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 10 Aug. 2021 As a result, our grief might remain unexpressed, get congested, or be postponed. Julie Flynn Badal, Quartz, 7 May 2020 Not Planning on Pregnancy Dear Planning: Underlying this birth control challenge might be questions about your relationship, as well as perhaps unexpressed feelings (on his part) surrounding the idea of possibly never having children. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 10 Apr. 2020 Ashwin’s hidden, unexpressed grief is a reminder of many such silenced and forgotten histories of grief that haunt the nation. Chandrima Chakraborty, Quartz India, 24 June 2019 Therapists stress that parental ambivalence is completely normal and only becomes a problem when it is left unexpressed. Peggy Drexler, WSJ, 21 June 2019 The great tradition of modern fiction—running from James Joyce and Virginia Woolf to Alice Munro and Karl Ove Knausgård—is for the writer to mine their own experience for narrative, finding hitherto unexpressed truths by hewing close to actuality. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, 23 May 2018 As such, many tenured professors, who have secured long-term employment in part through careful navigation of turbulent waters, continue to moderate their positions or leave them unexpressed. Oliver Bateman, The Atlantic, 10 May 2017 The fans have noticed every nuance, enjoyed the flirtation, the awkward moments, the expressed (and unexpressed) affection. Nick Santora And Nicholas Wootton, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of unexpressed

1561, in the meaning defined above

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“Unexpressed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unexpressed. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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