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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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 However, aside from these two incidents, pre-World Cup concerns about the safety of Russian cities have largely been unrealized. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "Two People Detained for Drugging, Robbing BBC reporter at World Cup," 9 July 2018 That’s a key reason why Democratic dreams that demographics will one day soon turn fiercely red Texas blue remain unrealized. Washington Post, "Ground Game: Will family separation outcry hurt Texas GOP?," 29 June 2018 Of course, that’s not necessarily an excuse — accounts with unrealized capital gains need to be handled very carefully by an advisor. Liz Weston, latimes.com, "High earners need to watch out for Medicare surcharge," 24 June 2018 People might return to unbuilt architecture as inspiration for the future, but unrealized cities offer more than just old ideas renewed. Darran Anderson, The Atlantic, "The Cities That Never Existed," 17 June 2018 There has been unrealized potential and, like all front offices, managerial misses. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "20 years since dissolution of the dynasty, Bulls still a long way from the top," 10 June 2018 The benefits of a coordinated arts + research approach are plain but too often unrealized. Scott Lindroth, Washington Post, "Arts at the modern university: More than a diversion.," 13 Apr. 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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