un·​re·​al·​ized | \ ˌən-ˈrē-ə-ˌlīzd How to pronounce unrealized (audio) \

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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For the book’s hapless protagonist, Mr. Mohun Biswas, Mr. Naipaul drew on his father’s life and largely unrealized literary aspirations. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, "Nobel Laureate V.S. Naipaul Dies at 85," 12 Aug. 2018 The top Democrat on the Senate’s tax-writing committee proposed taxing unrealized gains in investment assets every year at the same rates as other income, offering an idea that would transform how the U.S. taxes the wealthiest people. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Top Democrat Proposes Annual Tax on Unrealized Capital Gains," 2 Apr. 2019 Apollo’s economic net loss, which shows the performance of the firm’s unrealized investments, was $1.01 a share compared with the fourth quarter a year before when the firm reported economic net income of $1.22 a share. Allison Prang, WSJ, "Apollo Reports Economic Net Loss as Private-Equity Funds Depreciate," 31 Jan. 2019 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

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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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