un·​op·​posed | \ ˌən-ə-ˈpōzd How to pronounce unopposed (audio) \

Definition of unopposed

1 : not opposed an unopposed invasion : having no opponent a politician who is running for election unopposed
2 medical : being or relating to estrogen replacement therapy in which a progestin (such as medroxyprogesterone acetate) is not coadministered to reduce the potential risks (such as endometrial cancer) associated with estrogen used alone A woman who has had her uterus removed can take the estrogen "unopposed"—that is, without the addition of progestin.Consumer Reports

Examples of unopposed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Murphy ran unopposed in Tuesday's election and looks to be headed towards a victory in November, though as the pandemic underscored, a lot can change in just a few months. Quinn Scanlan, ABC News, 8 June 2021 The five of them ran unopposed in the April 6 election as team Barrington Forward and pledged to continue guiding the village through the novel coronavirus pandemic and beyond. Gloria Casas,, 17 May 2021 Incumbent Havre de Grace City Council members David Martin, Jason Robertson and Carolyn Zinner all were re-elected by a wide margin, and Mayor William T. Martin — who ran unopposed — won his fourth consecutive term Tuesday. David Anderson,, 4 May 2021 After running unopposed for a state House seat in 1968, Mr. du Pont immediately set his sights on Congress, running as a fiscal conservative and winning the first of three terms in 1970. Washington Post, 10 May 2021 Judge Luebs was first elected to the bench in 2002 and ran unopposed in three subsequent elections, records show. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 27 Mar. 2021 Herman herself is running unopposed for reelection. Daniel I. Dorfman,, 22 Dec. 2020 Incumbent Cole Humphreys ran unopposed and will remain on the council. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 3 May 2021 Morris 1st Ward, Melanie Rummel, 2nd Ward, Ara Goshgarian, 3rd Ward, and Raymond Buschmann, 4th Ward, were elected to new terms – after all ran unopposed. Daniel I. Dorfman,, 25 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of unopposed

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unopposed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unopposed

: not having any competition in an election, contest, etc. : not opposed


un·​op·​posed | \ -ə-ˈpōzd How to pronounce unopposed (audio) \

Medical Definition of unopposed

: being or relating to estrogen replacement therapy in which a progestin (as medroxyprogesterone acetate) is not coadministered to reduce the potential risks (as endometrial cancer) associated with estrogen used alone


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