un·​for·​ti·​fied ˌən-ˈfȯr-tə-ˌfīd How to pronounce unfortified (audio)
: not strengthened or enriched : not fortified
… a heart unfortified, a mind impatient …William Shakespeare
an unfortified boundary
unfortified wine

Examples of unfortified in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The review authors said this could mean mushrooms may be the only non-animal, unfortified source of vitamin D.22 A downside? Health Editorial Team, Health, 9 Feb. 2024 Imagine pirates, centuries ago, trolling along the coast looking for church spires marking unfortified villages. Rick Steves, Chicago Tribune, 18 July 2023 In recent school mass shootings, unlocked or unfortified doors have been a recurring problem. Kandis Mascall, ABC News, 28 Mar. 2023 But older buildings are under no mandate to put these measures in place, which leaves 96.5 percent of them in the current floodplain unfortified. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, 28 Oct. 2022 But the villages that sprang up along the rivers were makeshift affairs of brick and mud, sprawling and unfortified. Colin Thubron, The New York Review of Books, 6 July 2021 As the demand for port wines has decreased, the interest among the growers to make dry unfortified wines have increased. Per and Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 Sancerre is another Loire Valley sauvignon blanc style, but that word is sneakily similar to Sauternes (the sublime, unfortified sweet wine from Bordeaux) and Savennieres (nested in Vouvray and made with chenin blanc). Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, 13 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1525, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unfortified was in 1525

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“Unfortified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfortified. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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