un·​re·​cord·​ed | \ ˌən-ri-ˈkȯr-dəd \

Definition of unrecorded

: not recorded: such as
a : not written down or included in an official record unrecorded folklore previously unrecorded phenomenon/species unrecorded property deeds Until weather satellites became common in the 1970s, many tropical storms went unrecorded— Thomas Hayden
b : not recorded on a disc, magnetic tape, etc. an unrecorded interview/conversation

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Synonyms & Antonyms for unrecorded


uncataloged, unlisted, unregistered


cataloged (or catalogued), listed, recorded, registered

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Deep time makes a mockery of the plantations’ blinkered order; under the ancient canopy, the master’s stride falters and the voices of African hunters and Amerindian priests resound from the depths of unrecorded millenniums. New York Times, "Fleeing a Caribbean Plantation Into a Mythic Wilderness," 27 June 2018 Armenia’s engagement with the tree of life motif runs especially deep, dating back to unrecorded time prior to the dawn of Christianity. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Armenia’s “Tree of Life” Tradition Took Root Thousands of Years Ago, and Has Only Grown Since," 12 July 2018 Few could read or write, and in much of the world, most lives went unrecorded. Michael Hicks, Indianapolis Star, "Hicks: We've got it good, and we don't even know it," 24 June 2018 Of course, are the stories that have been covered up, left unrecorded, and those that haven’t even been told. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "When Will Hip-Hop Have Its #MeToo Reckoning?," 16 May 2018 Of the dozens of jails that Court Watch NOLA contacted, the vast majority allow inmates to have unrecorded calls with their attorneys. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, "2 men killed in Desire area shooting, New Orleans police say," 23 May 2018 His last words, if any, seem to have gone unrecorded. Greg Daugherty, Smithsonian, "When Don the Talking Dog Took the Nation by Storm," 23 Apr. 2018 Lawmakers shot down House Bill 2629 after a 36-minute debate on the House floor, followed by an unrecorded voice vote. Judy L. Thomas, kansascity, "Kansas House kills bill that supporters said would have made HOAs more accountable | The Kansas City Star," 5 Apr. 2018 Yet Kor also began to realize that her part of the Holocaust story — Mengele’s experiments on twins — was mostly unrecorded. Robert King, Indianapolis Star, "Eva Kor as we've never seen her: Film adds layers to story of Indiana Holocaust survivor," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unrecorded

1577, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unrecorded

: not written down
: not recorded on a record, CD, etc.


un·​re·​cord·​ed | \ ˌən-ri-ˈkȯr-dəd\

Legal Definition of unrecorded

: not recorded especially : not set down in the appropriate public record had priority over an unrecorded security interest in the property

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a servile follower or underling

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