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

Examples of unproven in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Does it bode well for the future that a team with many unproven players, particularly in the bullpen, have been unfazed in the highest-leverage situations? Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants’ reliance on one-run wins could be a sign of future trouble," 20 Sep. 2019 There will be anywhere from two to four unproven players as the backups at this point. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Is 10 deep too deep for the Heat?," 10 Sep. 2019 Now, Slovis was the unproven true freshman starter carrying the weight of a proud program on his shoulders. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "Freshman Kedon Slovis eager to meet high expectations in USC’s make-or-break season," 3 Sep. 2019 The Patriots didn’t make any major moves at tight end this offseason, instead signing 38-year-old Ben Watson and unproven Matt LaCosse. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "Rob Gronkowski retired from the NFL? Few people are taking it seriously," 14 Aug. 2019 The company is investing big sums in and alongside an unproven battery player at a point when the technology is changing fast. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Volkswagen Follows Tesla Into Battery Business," 13 June 2019 His latest contract further illustrates the unhealthy demand and short supply of quality quarterbacks in the NFL, and how the unproven and unproductive wield too much leverage. Dan Bickley, azcentral, "Bickley: Sam Bradford will be better than you think – if he stays upright," 15 Mar. 2018 So the athletes now asked to contribute will be ones who are unproven in that capacity. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Arizona State looking to find replacement for Eno Benjamin at running back," 21 Dec. 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?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=u&file=unpro09ld. Accessed 23 January 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 \

Legal Definition of unproven

: not proven an unproven allegation

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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