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

Examples of unproved in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carlson promoted the unproved theory that the FBI instigated the riots in a documentary that was shown on the Fox Nation streaming service. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 The Bombieri-Vinogradov theorem, which is still widely used, instantly proved many of the results that had previously relied on the unproved generalized Riemann hypothesis. Erica Klarreich, Quanta Magazine, 26 Oct. 2023 Once again, the current Senate bill includes gifts—tax credits to these same fossil fuel companies for the unproved carbon capture and storage (CCS), more offshore oil and gas leases, and more pipeline guarantees for new fossil fuel leasing in the Gulf of Mexico. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, 12 Aug. 2022 McCarthy removed Swalwell, citing unproved claims that a Chinese spy had extracted information from him. Marianna Sotomayor, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Jan. 2023 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

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First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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 23 Apr. 2024.

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