un·​met | \ˌən-ˈmet \

Definition of unmet 

1 : not satisfied or fulfilled unmet needs unmet expectations an unmet deadline

2 : not having met several unmet individuals

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Left unmet, their demands could evolve into pressure for regime change. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Populism’s Challenge to Democracy," 16 Mar. 2018 Africa already has the lowest percentage of women using birth control, and the highest unmet demand for contraceptives in the world. Alex Platt, CNN, "Trump's ban on global abortion funding has led to more abortions," 24 May 2018 And yet even in the state with the most expansive programs, there is still unmet demand. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Betsy DeVos went to New York to visit schools for the first time. Guess which ones.," 16 May 2018 If there’s a market, if there’s unmet demand for medicines, somebody will step into the vacuum. Michael Eisenstein, Scientific American, "Is Your Medicine What You Think It Is?," 22 Mar. 2018 The Dolphins are hoping DeVante Parker can finally overcome nagging injuries and play up to his very high but yet unmet potential. Armando Salguero, miamiherald, "Miami Dolphins have many playmakers despite receiver needing knee surgery," 31 May 2018 In that context, even an unmet deductible or copayment can be catastrophic. Shefali Luthra, Washington Post, "When Credit Scores Become Casualties Of Health Care," 9 May 2018 On the other hand, the EV start-up field is riddled with companies that turned the spotlight on themselves in hopes of raising money, only to struggle as expectations went unmet. Russ Mitchell, latimes.com, "Yet another California electric vehicle is coming. But this start-up has manufacturing expertise," 29 Mar. 2018 Any treatment for Alzheimer’s, one of the biggest unmet medical needs, could be worth tens of billions of dollars. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Fear of Missing Out Drives Stock Performance," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of unmet

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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