un·​pun·​ished | \ ˌən-ˈpə-nisht How to pronounce unpunished (audio) \

Definition of unpunished

: not punished an unpunished criminal/crime an offense that should not be allowed to go unpunished

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Recent Examples on the Web And like Booker, Castro also wants to regulate the animal farming industry so that animal cruelty on corporate farms no longer goes unseen and unpunished. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Cory Booker on Being Vegan and Animal Rights," 2 Oct. 2019 However, on Opening Day 2020, while Hinch and Luhnow are justifiably suspended, the players who benefited from the espionage will take the field, unpunished. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Morning Coffee: Where's the punishment for the Houston Astros for sign-stealing?," 21 Jan. 2020 In the 1990s and early 2000s, Ciudad Juarez was notorious for the unpunished killings and disappearances of hundreds of women and girls. Washington Post, "In Mexican capital, red shoes to protest killings of women," 11 Jan. 2020 The single loan servicer hired by the agency to manage the program has gone unpunished, despite years of criticism, according to lawsuits and government audits. BostonGlobe.com, "Broken promises and debt pile up as loan forgiveness goes astray - The Boston Globe," 29 Nov. 2019 The single loan servicer hired by the agency to manage the program has gone unpunished, despite years of criticism, according to lawsuits and government audits. New York Times, "Broken Promises and Debt Pile Up as Loan Forgiveness Goes Astray," 28 Nov. 2019 But perpetrators in the real world frequently go unpunished, while people who report being assaulted often find that they are not believed or treated well by police. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Law & Order: SVU Changed the TV Landscape. It Also Changed How People Think About Sexual Assault," 20 Sep. 2019 But about 60% of the onboard crimes have gone unpunished, the study found. Hugo Martin, chicagotribune.com, "Crackdown on unruly passengers on international flights starts Jan. 1," 12 Dec. 2019 One way of looking at Trump’s evolution from candidate to President, from Mueller’s time to Schiff’s, is that his abuses are accelerating, with each unpunished act serving as a license for more. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s Ukraine Scandal Has Its Roots in Russia," 6 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unpunished

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unpunished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpunished. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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: not punished

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