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adjective (1)

un·​im·​proved ˌən-im-ˈprüvd How to pronounce unimproved (audio)
: not reproved or admonished


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adjective (2)

: not improved: such as
: not tilled, built on, or otherwise improved for use
unimproved land
: not used or employed advantageously
unimproved opportunities
: not selectively bred for better quality or productiveness

Examples of unimproved in a Sentence

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In that instance, the helicopter had flown out of the Marine base in Twentynine Palms to practice landings in unimproved zones. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Feb. 2024 Advertisement The new survey is also an opportunity for the city to begin tackling 62 miles of unimproved roads that were recently added to the city’s streets network. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Jan. 2024 Certain annoyances seem perpetually unimproved, with tape measuring falling into that category, until now. Kathy Barr, Rolling Stone, 26 Sep. 2023 Another issue: The closing of the crossing has forced truck traffic heading to the Joppa side of the train yard over the vehicular bridge and into the heart of the community, chewing up unimproved roads and creating noise and environmental pollution. Mark Lamster, Dallas Morning News, 23 Sep. 2020 In the Northeast, where flood control and drainage systems have been left unimproved for decades (seawalls were raised after Hurricane Sandy but steps to address massive rainfall were not taken), flooding became the major threat and the main source of fatalities. Sadek Wahba, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 Even with those areas renovated, there still would be unimproved sections of the roadway remaining. Barbara Henry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 June 2021 The program is not available for vacant homes, unoccupied vacation rental properties or unimproved parcels. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2023 Its shallow draft and articulated ramp give it the ability to operate in shallow, unimproved ports. al, 9 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

1602, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

1665, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unimproved was in 1602

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“Unimproved.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unimproved. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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