unmediated

adjective

un·​me·​di·​at·​ed ˌən-ˈmē-dē-ˌā-təd How to pronounce unmediated (audio)
: not mediated : not communicated or transformed by an intervening agency
experience unmediated by artifice

Examples of unmediated in a Sentence

photoshopped images have made people aware that a digital photograph is not necessarily an unmediated depiction of reality
Recent Examples on the Web The smartphone is the logical culmination of the principle first introduced with the phonograph: the unmediated linkage of the individual to the global. Gary S. Cross, Fortune, 8 May 2024 Four years ago, this policy seemed like a thoughtful reaction to the first Trump election, when extensive unmediated coverage of his rallies played like advertisements for the man. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2024 But the real excitement was in hearing the voices of the justices, live, unmediated and crackling with life. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 Mere physical, unmediated laughter might be a good place to begin exploring the higher morality of comedy—for comedy, like pornography, is the rare form that has a physical end, either achieved or not. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 11 Dec. 2023 What viewers might assume to be an unmediated flow of in-game audio is more like a live D.J. mix, sculpted spontaneously by Stevens, who blends sounds from dozens of sources. Jody Rosen, New York Times, 2 Dec. 2023 Now reissued by Hughes’s nonprofit, A Public Space, the book feels at once crafted, its prose full of calibrated grace, and startlingly unmediated. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 5 Jan. 2021 But his show also demonstrated that TV populists, like all populists, aren’t just reflecting broad, unmediated reality. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2023 His perspective seems unmediated by the endless scroll of social feeds. Véronique Hyland, ELLE, 28 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1648, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unmediated was in 1648

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“Unmediated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmediated. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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