un·​fund·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈfən-dəd \

Definition of unfunded

1 : not funded : floating an unfunded debt
2 : not provided with funds unfunded schools

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And Sam’s nose is growing thanks to rising deficit projections and the unfunded future costs of entitlements like Social Security and Medicare. Steve H. Hanke And Stephen J.k. Walters, WSJ, "Lying Prices Keep America Hooked on Spending," 7 Jan. 2019 State and local unfunded liabilities via pensions are exacerbated by a declining stock market. WSJ, "Federal Reserve Should Leave Markets Alone," 15 Jan. 2019 Meanwhile the halls at the Capitol are nearly dead silent, with congressional leaders barely pretending to try to reopen the departments of Justice, Interior and Homeland Security and other agencies that remain unfunded. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "Trump threatens to shut down the border for the third time in three months," 29 Dec. 2018 This will be a geologic treasure hunt as the rover scouts around for rocks that have signs of microbial life and them stash them for a future retrieval mission, though that mission remains currently unfunded. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Human Beings Can Teach Aliens About Probing the Solar System," 5 Dec. 2018 In regular session, the council discussed a budget update on unfunded items, agreed to fund three more and directed staff to come back with other ideas for budget cuts. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "How they voted, July 8," 8 July 2018 This law is destroying business and the individual because of its exorbitant costs and unfunded entitlements. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "14 Idaho candidates on Trump, how they voted & his job performance today | Idaho Statesman," 24 Apr. 2018 Last week leaders of the House and Senate's Republican majorities released the bill —their plan to bring under control Kentucky's massive unfunded pension system liabilities now officially listed at more than $43 billion. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky's new pension reform bill is illegal, says Attorney General Andy Beshear," 28 Feb. 2018 And if prior cycles of Bitcoin mania replay themselves, the cryptocurrency’s price could be entering a long, slow decline that will only amplify those unfunded losses. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Way Too Many People Are Using Credit Cards to Buy Bitcoin," 13 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of unfunded

circa 1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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