un·​me·​di·​at·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈmē-dē-ˌā-təd How to pronounce unmediated (audio) \

Definition of unmediated

: not mediated : not communicated or transformed by an intervening agency experience unmediated by artifice

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direct, firsthand, immediate, primary


indirect, secondhand

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Examples of unmediated in a Sentence

photoshopped images have made people aware that a digital photograph is not necessarily an unmediated depiction of reality

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Still, several of the up-and-coming treatments — many of them not new at all — shift our focus from unmediated pill popping. Maggie Jones, New York Times, "A Reckoning With an Imperfect Science in ‘Blue Dreams’," 3 Apr. 2018 The rise of social media allowed people to talk about politics in an unmediated way, reading and saying things that would never have been seen on broadcast television or read in newspapers. The Economist, "The president’s takeover of his party is near complete," 19 Apr. 2018 To create this illusion of unmediated reality, Kiarostami employed a 12-person special effects team and more than half a dozen animal wranglers. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "24 Frames, the final feature from Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami, may send you into a trance," 6 Feb. 2018 Some of his inventive proto-minimalist scores have begun to surface in concert halls, but this new recording is something quite different — a chance to encounter Eastman’s brilliantly anarchic imagination in what seems to be raw, unmediated form. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "CD Review: Julius Eastman, The Zürich Concert," 5 Jan. 2018 His tweets are the most visible manifestation of his impulses: generated from a personal Twitter account and shockingly unmediated. John Culhane, Slate Magazine, "Can Obama Sue Trump for Libel?," 8 Mar. 2017 As Trump approached the microphone in the lobby of Trump Tower on Tuesday, aides winced at the prospect of an unmediated president. Alaska Dispatch News, "Analysis: Trump gives white supremacists an unequivocal boost," 16 Aug. 2017 Szyk’s art spoke with unmediated passion and moral clarity. Tad Taube, The Mercury News, "Taube: Few alive remember Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, but art can be eternal," 15 May 2017 Contact with violence through any media can lead to what is called vicarious traumatization — and may, for some people, be more upsetting than an unmediated experience. Teddy Wayne, New York Times, "The Trauma of Violent News on the Internet," 10 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of unmediated

1648, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unmediated was in 1648

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