un·​proved ˌən-ˈprüvd How to pronounce unproved (audio)
: not proved : unproven
an unproved allegation/assertion
a drug whose supposed benefits are unproved

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Tests that look at a child’s hair for toxic metal exposure also are not recommended, because this type of testing is scientifically unproved and often inaccurate. Dr. Aaron Bernstein, Chicago Tribune, 26 Sep. 2022 Prior to his time with the Panthers Marchment was largely unproved, playing in just 37 games before last season. Francisco Rosa, Sun Sentinel, 13 July 2022 Yet the scientific evidence behind Aduhelm is inconclusive, its efficacy in preventing the progression of Alzheimer’s remains unproved, and there are concerns about its safety. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 13 Mar. 2022 The series’ drama now resides in a conflict every home cook will recognize: with the skill yet unmastered, the dish yet unproved, the unknown ingredient, the untimely distraction. Matt Brennan, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2021 In theory, that would allow the board to act more quickly when doctors denigrate COVID-19 vaccines and endorse unproved treatments, among other things. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2022 The assumed infidelity of partners back home (even if unproved) was used to justify infidelity in the brothels and bars of Europe and Southeast Asia—what Ms. Carruthers considers a gendered double standard. Charlotte Gray, WSJ, 9 Jan. 2022 Since then, many European governments have imposed restrictions in part because most of the data and research on omicron is so new and unproved. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2021 On cable television and radio shows and at rallies, the lawmakers used unproved fraud claims to promote the idea that the election had been stolen. New York Times, 15 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unproved was in the 15th century

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“Unproved.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unproved. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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