un·​re·​al·​ized ˌən-ˈrē-ə-ˌlīzd How to pronounce unrealized (audio)
: not realized: such as
: not effected, accomplished, or fulfilled
The project remains unrealized.
unrealized desires
unrealized potential
: not turned into cash by sale
the stock's unrealized gains
: not brought to conscious awareness : not understood
unrealized truths

Examples of unrealized in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Conversely, leaving the economic chasm as is, with millions of Black people unable to participate in and contribute to our economy, costs our country hundreds of billions a year in unrealized potential. Lenwood V. Long, Sr., Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Joe Mauer’s greatness was truncated, his optimal outcome as a ballplayer very much unrealized. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 15 Jan. 2024 Much simpler changes to the tax code could raise revenue from rich people without forcing the IRS to estimate unrealized gains, Zwick said, including reducing the deduction for business income claimed on personal tax returns — a tax break created in President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cuts. Julie Zauzmer Weil, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2024 Unlike the unrealized promise of flying automobiles (prototypes notwithstanding), there does exist a car capable of acting like a boat. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 10 Jan. 2024 Still, the full potential of their onscreen chemistry remained unrealized — until Quiz Lady. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 29 Nov. 2023 But the models themselves are also simply delightful: tiny, precious artifacts from imaginary and mostly unrealized futures. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, 12 Mar. 2024 The movie sneaks up on you with its crushing meditations on unrealized dreams and not being defined by your past. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2024 The motor car is an unrealized point of integration. Andrew Binns, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1767, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unrealized was in 1767

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“Unrealized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrealized. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition


: not yet realized
unrealized appreciation
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