un·​ob·​served | \ ˌən-əb-ˈzərvd How to pronounce unobserved (audio) \

Definition of unobserved

: not noticed or perceived : not observed The two vessels slipped out of Plymouth, unobserved by Spanish spies …— Samuel Eliot Morison A welcoming place is almost by definition someplace out of sight, someplace private and unobserved.— Jane Kramer

Examples of unobserved in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The holiday was largely unobserved by major American brands until this year. NBC News, "From Amazon to JPMorgan, here's the list of companies honoring Juneteenth," 19 June 2020 The lawsuit says that after the anesthesiologist and nurse returned from leaving Nguyen unobserved, the doctor found that the teen's lips and face had turned blue and that discoloration was spreading across her body. Phil Mccausland, NBC News, "18-year-old getting breast-enhancement surgery went into coma, lawsuit says," 21 Dec. 2019 In September Russia also denied a request to fly over its massive Centre-2019 military exercise, which consequently went unobserved. The Economist, "Donald Trump is set to rip up another arms-control treaty," 26 Oct. 2019 Tim Levine of the University of Alabama, Birmingham, has spent decades running tests that allow participants (apparently unobserved) to cheat. The Economist, "You really can fool some of the people, all of the time," 2 Nov. 2019 His father taught Koranic chant there, so in his spare time Ibrahim would do the same, unobserved in some corner, muttering over the holy book. The Economist, "Obituary: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died on October 26th," 2 Nov. 2019 These drones recorded hitherto unobserved behaviour on the part of the animals. The Economist, "Leopard seals share their suppers," 17 Aug. 2019 Gentle waterfalls feed clear natural pools, all but unobserved. Jon Marcus,, "It seems a natural, but many visitors to destination cities miss the wilds right nearby," 13 Aug. 2019 Both like to attend early-morning spin classes at Flywheel, a nearby studio, where the room goes dark when the class starts - the better to pedal unobserved. Paul Schwartzman And Josh Dawsey,, "'It's burning people out': Trump aides endure public fury toward president's policies around D.C.," 9 July 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unobserved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unobserved

: not seen or noticed


un·​ob·​served | \ ˌən-əb-ˈzərvd \

Kids Definition of unobserved

: not noticed She left the room unobserved.

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