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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Under the City Council’s bill, the one driver in four who quits at some point next year won’t be replaced, resulting in longer wait times and higher fees in the face of unmet demand. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "New York’s Latest Uber Assault," 7 Aug. 2018 Questioners wanted to know who signed off on the experiment, whether the volunteers understood the risks, and what unmet medical need such a birth served. Preetika Rana, WSJ, "Second Woman Implanted With Genetically Modified Embryo, Scientist Says," 28 Nov. 2018 The mission of scientists like Creech and Fairchild was to find and manipulate plants in a way that solved a problem, met an unmet need or simply offered an attractive new plant for the American nursery industry and consumers. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 The group spent $10 million on minor home repairs; $4 million on unmet needs for such things as home appliances and work uniforms; and $2.4 million on providing basics such as food, shelter and utilities. Fox News, "Charities helped with fixing homes, other needs after Harvey," 24 Aug. 2018 The companies argue fewer drivers on the road would mean more unmet demand because drivers will be flocking to city centers. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Uber and Lyft are fighting a critical battle against New York City — and this time, they might not win," 2 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of unmet

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

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