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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Examples of unexpressed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a result, our grief might remain unexpressed, get congested, or be postponed. Julie Flynn Badal, Quartz, "What we lose when we grieve in isolation," 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, "Woman wants partner to go under the knife," 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, "Canada’s indifference to the 1985 Air India bombing is disturbing," 24 June 2019 Therapists stress that parental ambivalence is completely normal and only becomes a problem when it is left unexpressed. Peggy Drexler, WSJ, "It’s OK to Feel Ambivalent About Your Children," 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, "Philip Roth, the Mandarin Joker," 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, "The Young Academic's Twitter Conundrum," 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, "'Scorpion' Creators Explain the Balancing Act of 'Will They or Won't They' (Guest Column)," 1 May 2017

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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 23 Jan. 2021.

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