un·​re·​cord·​ed | \ ˌən-ri-ˈkȯr-dəd How to pronounce unrecorded (audio) \

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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Several shootings have gone unrecorded by OPD officers who either hadn’t been assigned cameras, had ones that weren’t working or failed to turn them on. Tess Sheets, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando police SWAT members are now wearing body cameras, after policy reversal," 11 June 2019 In much of Burkina Faso, as many as 40 percent of births go unrecorded in official records, and many children lack identification documents. Peter Whoriskey, Anchorage Daily News, "Much of the chocolate you buy starts with child labor," 6 June 2019 This frog is one of many species that could be imperiled by this activity, much of which is taking place in the Andes, home to many endemic and as-yet unrecorded species. José Vieira, National Geographic, "Corruption, gold mining threaten a new see-through glass frog," 6 Mar. 2019 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

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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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