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

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Recent Examples on the Web In May she was reelected, unopposed, for a second term. Jeff Stein, Washington Post, "A Hong Kong hangout for journalists stands up for press freedom amid protests and pandemic," 1 July 2020 Holly Veal won the race to keep her Superior Court judgeship, while three-term Superior Court clerk Barbara Harrison was unopposed in the Republican primary and will face Democrat challenger Sabriya Hill in the fall. Monroe Roark, ajc, "Judicial incumbents mostly unopposed in Henry County," 22 June 2020 Hall was appointed to the mayor's seat in 2018 and is running unopposed for election to the post in August. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Surprise mayor says he tested positive for COVID-19," 16 June 2020 Harrison, former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Long lines in Georgia, Lindsey Graham wards off GOP rivals in SC and other takeaways from Tuesday's primaries," 10 June 2020 Lamb is currently running unopposed for re-election. Eric Todisco,, "Arizona Sheriff Tests Positive for Coronavirus — After Refusing to Enforce State's Restrictions," 18 June 2020 Harrison, who is unopposed in Tuesday's primary to become Graham's Democratic challenger, has raised nearly $15 million for the campaign. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Voters casting primary ballots in 5 states amid protests and a pandemic. Here's what to watch for," 9 June 2020 Demarcus Joiner, who is African American, ran unopposed for SGA president during the spring semester, winning in March. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Alabama SGA calls on school to rename buildings with ‘racist namesakes’," 7 June 2020 Adesina said the accusations were lies aimed at blocking his unopposed bid for a second term at the helm of the bank, the spokesman was cited as saying. Katarina Hoije,, "AfDB to Review Probe Into President After U.S.-Nigeria Spat," 7 June 2020

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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 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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