un·​pub·​lished | \ ˌən-ˈpə-blisht \

Definition of unpublished

: not published: such as
a : not released for public distribution or sale an unpublished book/manuscript
b : having no works that have been published an unpublished author

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Agencies cited various explanations for why the records have gone unpublished, including technical issues that arose after the state switched to a new transparency website in the fall of 2016. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "‘A veil of secrecy’ — 19 Mass. agencies have failed to report some spending of taxpayer money," 30 Apr. 2018 With special government permits, Excursions of Escalante escorts groups into the state’s unpublished and unnamed narrow canyons, namely within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Box Death Hollow Wilderness Area. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Places to Go for Father's Day," 8 June 2018 The number of high-school students who used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days has risen roughly 75% since last year to about three million, or about 20% of high-school students, according to unpublished preliminary federal data. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "FDA Conducted Surprise Inspection of Juul’s Headquarters," 2 Oct. 2018 Al-Qaida militants are present on all major front lines fighting the rebels, Khaled Baterfi, a senior leader in the group, said in a previously unpublished 2015 interview with a local journalist obtained by the AP. Maggie Michael, Fox News, "'Unite with the devil': Yemen war binds US, allies, al-Qaida," 7 Aug. 2018 After surpassing an undisclosed number of strikes, the page is unpublished. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Alex Jones hit with bans from Facebook and Apple," 6 Aug. 2018 Jay Van Bavel, a social psychologist at NYU, pointed me to one unpublished PhD dissertation that addresses the question. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Cambridge Analytica’s “psychographic microtargeting”: what’s bullshit and what’s legit," 23 Mar. 2018 Second, self-published and unpublished writers are those most likely to have their music unidentified or misidentified by digital music services. Phil Galdston, Billboard, "The Music Modernization Act: We Can & Must Do Better (Guest Column)," 21 Feb. 2018 The largest firms make cash advances totaling up to $40 million a year, according to an unpublished 2014 report by Diligence, a business intelligence firm. Matthew Goldstein And Jessica Silver-greenberg, New York Times, "How the Finance Industry Is Trying to Cash In on #MeToo," 28 Jan. 2018

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1587, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unpublished

: not prepared, printed, and sold as or as part of a book, magazine, newspaper, etc.
used to describe a writer whose works have not yet been published

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to deny responsibility for

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