un·​mod·​i·​fied | \ ˌən-ˈmä-də-ˌfīd How to pronounce unmodified (audio) \

Definition of unmodified

: not altered or modified an unmodified engine … a right to be born with an unmodified genetic code …— Kelsey Dallas

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In 2012, an unmodified 2012 Toyota Tundra pulled the enormous, 292,000-pound Endeavor space shuttle over a bridge across I-405 in Los Angeles. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Ford F-150 EV pickup prototype tows more than 1 million pounds in a demonstration," 23 July 2019 Art brut was a source of inspiration for the painter and sculptor Jean Dubuffet’s own work, which ranged from primitive-looking drawings scratched into impasto to a totemic figure composed only of two unmodified grapevine roots and a block of slag. Nicole Rudick, The New York Review of Books, "Nicole Rudick," 7 Nov. 2018 Even unmodified, drones can be made harder to tackle with the application of a little imagination. The Economist, "Drones piloted by climate-change activists target Heathrow," 14 June 2019 The Public Utilities Commission had warned that the initial plan, if left unmodified, would force new water restrictions on city residents or raise customer rates in order to fund additional sources of water, like desalination. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "SF would face new limits under state water proposal," 6 July 2018 This fantastic and complex project byhardware hacker Tom 7 brings the SNES classic Super Mario World for the SNES and plays it (with some obvious flaws) on an unmodified NES console. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "How It Looks When You Play SNES Games on the Original NES," 31 May 2018 The students first built the unmodified power-wheeled cars, followed by changes to the electrical, steering, and power systems. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Students Team Up With Connecticut Go Baby Go," 1 May 2018 From a Twin Galaxies viewpoint, the only important thing to know is whether or not the score performances are from an unmodified original DK arcade PCB as per the competitive rules. Brian Crecente, chicagotribune.com, "'King of Kong' Star stripped of high scores, banned from competition," 12 Apr. 2018 With gene engineering available to only the wealthy, society will break down into two social classes, the modified and the unmodified. Interview By Dan Amira, New York Times, "Anne Wojcicki Wants to Be Healthy at 100," 4 Apr. 2018

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1668, in the meaning defined above

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