unmediated

adjective
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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photoshopped images have made people aware that a digital photograph is not necessarily an unmediated depiction of reality
Recent Examples on the Web No language, no false impressions, no confusion, just the unmediated pleasure of presence and the everyday faith of some sort of understanding passing between them. David Gilbert, The New Yorker, "Cicadia," 17 Aug. 2020 Nordland’s harrowing reaction to his portrait is natural—an unmediated response to seeing himself faithfully reflected. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "A Profound Experience of Art," 2 June 2020 The italicized and peripheral sections written from something like Darren’s perspective are the older Adam’s attempt to imagine Darren’s vantage — there is never really the pretense to having unmediated access to Darren’s internal experience. Nathan Deuel, Los Angeles Times, "How language can destroy or rebuild, per Times Book Prize fiction winner Ben Lerner," 17 Apr. 2020 Movies can’t — or at least typically don’t — convey the unmediated, vivid wretchedness of life, and stage actors and theater audiences have a different pact than screen actors and at-home or cinema audiences. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "From ‘South Park’ to ‘Knives Out,’ Pop Culture Is Steeped With Sondheim," 12 Mar. 2020 Though carefully thought out and brilliantly executed, this unusual structure has the effect of appearing spontaneous and unmediated. Dohra Ahmad, The New York Review of Books, "A Lark in West Indian London," 10 Jan. 2020 But exactly what separates real writers from mere critics and journalists is the unmediated quality of their obsessions, a willingness, or a readiness, to look ridiculous in pursuit of a passion. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Clive James Got It Right," 30 Nov. 2019 Popular music from across the continent is entering a golden age, making waves globally and helping to foster linkages across the Global South that hitherto would have been impossible unmediated by western engagement. Saratu Abiola, Quartz Africa, "What Cardi B’s Lagos and Accra visits say about travel and media representations of Africa," 13 Dec. 2019 The older pieces invited such unmediated sounds; newer works required them. Matthew Guerrieri, Washington Post, "Leila Josefowicz presents the violin, unfiltered, in Library of Congress recital," 24 Nov. 2019

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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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“Unmediated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmediated. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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