un·​proved | \ ˌən-ˈprüvd \

Definition of unproved

: not proved : unproven an unproved allegation/assertion a drug whose supposed benefits are unproved

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The torrent of unproved accusations gave Mr. Zuma and his allies enough ammunition to grab control over another prize — the state coffers in the National Treasury. New York Times, "Corruption Gutted South Africa’s Tax Agency. Now the Nation Is Paying the Price.," 10 June 2018 But judges must weigh the value of such unproved claims against the threat of unfairly turning a jury against the accused. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "Bill Cosby's lawyers, fearing #MeToo backlash, fight to keep 19 other accusers out of court," 6 Mar. 2018 Popular Vietnamese Web sites mix unproved medical claims with luxury sales pitches. Jeremy Hsu, Scientific American, "The Hard Truth about the Rhino Horn “Aphrodisiac” Market," 5 Apr. 2017 But Peraza is unproved both defensively and offensively. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds notes: Nick Senzel is the backup plan shortstop — with a caveat," 20 Feb. 2018 Carbon capture — where CO2 is pulled out of the atmosphere and somehow stored — is unproved and unlikely to undo the level of pollution. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "The cost of carbon: Pay now or pay later," 17 Jan. 2018 The compendium of information about Trump, much of it unproved, was produced by a former British intelligence agent last year, mostly before Trump won the 2016 election. John Wagner, Washington Post, "Trump says Russian-bought Facebook ads were ‘tiny’ compared with U.S. ‘fake news’," 21 Oct. 2017 Ostensibly, the project and its unproved sound apparatus may not seem that attractive to such artists. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, "'Sophia's Forest': A refugee opera where the trees are wired," 6 Sep. 2017 Why risk that by handing the whole thing over to an untested, unproved entity? Washington Post, "Air traffic privatization plan hits turbulence in Congress," 7 June 2017

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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