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 In coming out with a bendable design, Motorola (now owned by China’s Lenovo) is following the lead of the rival Samsung Galaxy Fold in trying to kickstart the intriguing, albeit unproven, market for such foldable phones. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Nostalgia play: Pricey foldable Motorola Razr goes on presale Jan. 26, at Verizon, Walmart," 22 Jan. 2020 Some Western governments share the official Turkish view that the intention to bring about death on a huge scale remains unproven, or that the context of terrible suffering on all sides should be factored in. The Economist, "The House votes to recognise the persecution of Armenians as genocide," 2 Nov. 2019 But a good deal of the technology pouring into schools remains unproven, untested and — due to inadequate teacher training – poorly applied. Bloomberg Opinion, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Classroom technology doesn’t make the grade," 6 Oct. 2019 After losing its starting quarterback, JT Daniels, to a season-ending injury in Week 1, the Trojans had no choice but to turn to an unproven, overlooked freshman backup. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC makes the AP top 25 rankings after Kedon Slovis’ big game in win over Stanford," 8 Sep. 2019 Sevyn Banks, Cam Brown and Amir Riep all project for bigger roles after gaining valuable experience in 2019, but all are unproven in first-string roles. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s Shaun Wade puts off NFL Draft to return for 2020," 4 Jan. 2020 The agency ordered Juul on Sept. 9 to immediately stop making unproven safety claims or face civil penalties or seizure of its products. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "FDA to investigate Juul over SF ads claiming vaping is safer than cigarettes," 21 Sep. 2019 President Trump has made unproven claims about widespread voter fraud aiding Democrats in the 2016 election, including in New Hampshire. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "New Hampshire Secretary of State Wins 22nd Term," 5 Dec. 2018 The roster that remains for the Warriors, apart from the former Nets All-Star D’Angelo Russell, is filled with young, unproven players. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Stephen Curry Breaks Hand in Warriors’ Loss to the Suns," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unproven

1563, in the meaning defined above

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“Unproven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unproven. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unproven

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


un·​prov·​en | \ ˌən-ˈprü-vən \

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: not proven an unproven allegation

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