un·​owned ˌən-ˈōnd How to pronounce unowned (audio)
: not owned
unowned property

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Donations will be collected by Alley Cats Advocates whose mission is to provide humane treatment of unowned cats in the Louisville area. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 19 Jan. 2022 There are also reportedly 100 unowned cats that roam the campus. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 16 June 2021 At the same address, a Mona Lisa parody places the iconic lady with a cat to draw awareness to unowned community cats. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Mar. 2021 As Marra explained, there is no easy solution to the issue of the unowned cat population. Tara Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Sep. 2020 Nearly all of them have failed, emboldening people who work in animal welfare to insist that simply killing cats is not just cruel but ineffective: today there are anywhere from 70 million to 100 million feral or unowned cats in the U.S. alone. Carrie Arnold, Scientific American, 29 Mar. 2020 Medieval commoners expected both to benefit from and to help manage unowned social wealth. The Economist, 12 Sep. 2019 Tom Szczerbowski / Getty Images This is the second Waiver Wire column of the season, and the White Sox will continue batting 1.000 in leading off our weekly look at the most intriguing among the game’s widely unowned players. Michael Beller,, 6 Apr. 2018 On Wednesday, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals relocated 100 unowned shelter animals from the big county shelter in Doral to an emergency shelter in Duncan, South Carolina. Connie Ogle, miamiherald, 15 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unowned was in 1611

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“Unowned.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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