un·​named | \ˌən-ˈnāmd \

Definition of unnamed 

: not having a name or identified by name : not named a newly discovered and unnamed species received their information from an unnamed informant

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Visich continued to take shirtless photos with undergraduate students as recently as 2016, according to a longtime faculty member and associate professor at the university, who wished to be unnamed for fear of retaliation. Ben Guarino, The Verge, "An academic reported sexual harassment. Her university allegedly retaliated," 12 Nov. 2018 The sloth, who is unnamed as of now, is the child of an 18-year-old female Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth named Bonnie and a 25-year-old male sloth named Cocoa. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Baby Sloth Born at Zoo Atlanta," 8 Nov. 2018 Lane Florsheim: The island nation the book takes place on is unnamed. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Idra Novey Wrote a #MeToo Novel Before the #MeToo Movement," 5 Nov. 2018 Just know, Skarsgård’s unnamed, unblinking character didn’t end up in the bowels of pop culture’s most towering prison under the usual legal circumstances. refinery29.com, "Handmaid’s Tale," 13 July 2018 Green's father, who also wished to remain unnamed, said his daughter loved helping others and was a caring mother to her two children. Max Londberg And Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "KC-area mother was fatally shot while trying to 'save someone's life,' daughter says," 28 June 2018 Sensing, quite sensibly, that an N.F.L. whitewash was on its way, one of his victims — a former Panthers employee who remains unnamed — spoke out with a lengthy piece in April in Sports Illustrated. Michael Powell, New York Times, "A Toothless Investigation Slaps Jerry Richardson on the Wrist," 28 June 2018 Construction on the townhouse project, which is still unnamed, could begin early next year and be complete by 2020, according to a spokeswoman for Cavache Properties. Lisa J. Huriash, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Townhouses to rise in Lighthouse Point," 22 June 2018 The man, who was unnamed in a video posted to Deutsche Welle's website, apologized to González Therán over a Skype call that was captured by the German media outlet after the man reached out expressing regret. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Russian fan who groped female World Cup reporter on air apologizes for 'unsuccessful joke'," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of unnamed

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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