un·​prov·​en | \ ˌən-ˈprü-vən How to pronounce unproven (audio) , British also -ˈprō- \

Definition of unproven

: not tested and shown to be good, true, or useful : not proven an unproven allegation/theory unproven benefits unproven technology

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Recent Examples on the Web Nance, however, has been frequently criticized by both the left and the right for promoting false or unproven claims, often having to do with Russia. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Malcolm Nance on the Danger of Conspiracy Theories," 24 Nov. 2019 In exchange for those marginal or unproven benefits, a Stadia customer faces some inherent risk by paying full price for games on a service that Google could shut down at any point. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Google Stadia launch review: Gaming’s “future” looks rough in the present," 18 Nov. 2019 Samsung, like Motorola, is trying to ignite the nascent market for bendable or foldable-screen phones, a category featuring intriguing if unproven designs. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Motorola Razr is back: Will a pricey foldable 'retro' phone sell?," 14 Nov. 2019 Trump has long harbored unproven suspicions that Ukraine conspired to undercut his candidacy during the 2016 election. Washington Post, "Location, location: Why Ukraine leader aimed for Oval Office," 7 Nov. 2019 But with no players available for the second straight game who were on Golden State’s playoff roster last spring, the Warriors — a mish-mashed crew of castoffs and unproven youngsters — could mostly pass for undergraduates. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Eric Paschall powers Warriors to joyful win over Blazers," 4 Nov. 2019 Through a professional public-relations firm, those supporting the challengers have leveled numerous unproven charges of corruption and mismanagement in the city's mega-million contracts with developers. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland's hot local elections: Clawson, Royal Oak, Ferndale, Troy and Southfield," 3 Nov. 2019 The correspondence holds true provided an additional unproven result having to do with a problem called Beilinson’s conjectures is also true. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Cut Apart Shapes to Find Pieces of Equations," 31 Oct. 2019 Former defensive player of the year Draymond Green was stripped of key complementary defensive pieces such as Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston this summer, forcing unproven youngsters to step into major roles. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "Analysis: Steph Curry breaks hand, sending Warriors spiraling into an identity crisis," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unproven

1563, in the meaning defined above

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“Unproven.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unproven. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of unproven

: not tested and shown to be true, good, or useful


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: not proven an unproven allegation

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