un·​re·​al·​ized | \ ˌən-ˈrē-ə-ˌlīzd \

Definition of unrealized

: not realized: such as
a : not effected, accomplished, or fulfilled The project remains unrealized. unrealized desires unrealized potential
b : not turned into cash by sale the stock's unrealized gains
c : not brought to conscious awareness : not understood unrealized truths

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When Hughes died suddenly in 2000, his unrealized plans perished too. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "An Empty Lot Above Beverly Hills Is the Most Expensive Real Estate in the World," 17 Jan. 2019 In addition, according to Friday’s new charges, Mr. Ghosn had Nissan take temporary ownership in October 2008 of a personal derivatives contract that was facing unrealized losses of around ¥1.85 billion ($17 million). Sean Mclain, WSJ, "Carlos Ghosn Is Charged Again, Setting Up Bail Hearing," 11 Jan. 2019 Economic net income shows the change in value in a firm’s unrealized investments. Allison Prang, WSJ, "Carlyle Group Hit by Slower Fund Growth," 31 Oct. 2018 But there's still plenty of unrealized potential in terms of the writing. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Doctor Who wraps a solid season with its first female Time Lord," 12 Dec. 2018 Berkshire said Saturday that its third-quarter net earnings soared, boosted by unrealized gains in its equity investments. Nicole Friedman, WSJ, "Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Repurchases More Than $900 Million of Stock," 3 Nov. 2018 The Economic Innovation Group estimates that unrealized capital gains—or capital gains on assets that haven’t been sold yet—totaled $6.1 trillion at the end of 2017. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Opportunity zones: vital community development tool or tax windfall for the rich?," 3 Oct. 2018 Garvey’s belief that Africa was a sleeping giant with the unrealized capacity to dominate the world. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Why Wakanda matters," 20 Feb. 2018 The unrealized potential makes the rote line style and stagnant backdrops seem all the blander. Shunji Iwai, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Fireworks,’ Second Chances, but No Magic," 3 July 2018

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1767, in the meaning defined above

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un·​re·​al·​ized | \ ˌən-ˈrē-ə-ˌlīzd\

Legal Definition of unrealized

: not yet realized unrealized appreciation

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