un·​re·​cord·​ed ˌən-ri-ˈkȯr-dəd How to pronounce unrecorded (audio)
: not recorded: such as
: 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 unrecordedThomas Hayden
: not recorded on a disc, magnetic tape, etc.
an unrecorded interview/conversation

Examples of unrecorded in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Extreme winds often go unrecorded because such gusts can either damage or destroy instrumentation. Dan Stillman, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2023 Sacks did not become an official statistic until 1982, so the number of times Butkus smothered opposing quarterbacks remains unrecorded. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, 6 Oct. 2023 During the Great Depression, ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax traveled the country, collecting previously unrecorded folk and blues music for the Library of Congress. Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Oct. 2023 Because the totals are based on media accounts and reports submitted by librarians, the ALA regards its numbers as snapshots, with many incidents left unrecorded. Hillel Italie, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Sep. 2023 The nine-bedroom, 12-bathroom estate last changed hands in 1997, when it was acquired for an unrecorded amount by Leon Rudyak, who was once reported in the L.A. Times to own a chain of video stores in Russia, and his wife Mila. Mark David, Robb Report, 7 Sep. 2023 Most of Faustus’s actual practices went unrecorded. Anthony Grafton, Harper's Magazine, 11 Oct. 2023 But McNair was also an accomplished photographer, and his lens caught many people and details that often would otherwise have gone unrecorded in pre-integration Birmingham: Weddings, graduations, parties. Rebecca Griesbach | Rgriesbach@al.com, al, 14 Sep. 2023 Whether the original Rebel remained in America or crossed the Atlantic as the companion of another British officer went unrecorded by Caroline, but young Rebel and his master settled down to a life of peaceful leisure in Devon, England. Julie Flavell, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unrecorded was in 1577

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“Unrecorded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrecorded. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Legal Definition


: 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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