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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Recent Examples on the Web Painted a desert tan and built in 1994, the 2.5-ton Stewart & Stevenson truck transported cargo and soldiers for the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division in an unrecorded country. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "Old military truck resurrected in rural fire department," 6 Jan. 2020 But because the officers were working overtime shifts, they were not required to wear body cameras under department rules negotiated before the program began, and the encounters went unrecorded. BostonGlobe.com, "In September, prosecutors used footage from a Boston police officer’s body camera to convince a judge that a defendant was dangerous and should be held in custody.," 1 Dec. 2019 In part because so many Roma deaths went unrecorded, many families don’t know what happened to their relatives. Rachael Bunyan, Time, "The Persecution of the Roma Is Often Left Out of the Holocaust Story. Victims’ Families Are Fighting to Change That," 12 Nov. 2019 The court had granted Waring two hours of unrecorded collect calls and one 20-minute non-collect call per day in preparation for his court dates, as is standard when a defendant forgos outside counsel. Daily Pilot, "Appeal to have charges dismissed fails for son of ex-'Real Housewives’ star; he is attacked in jail," 11 Oct. 2019 There have been several more injuries, which went unreported or unrecorded. Safwat Zargar, Quartz India, "Cut off from hospitals, Kashmiri protesters are treated by amateurs with cycle spokes," 25 Sep. 2019 Still, that’s a small fraction of the total number because most sink or wash up in remote areas and are unrecorded. Washington Post, "Washington state waterfront owners asked to take dead whales," 16 June 2019 Last year the sheriff implemented a system allowing unrecorded inmate calls to a lawyer’s landline, once the lawyer submits an affidavit listing that landline number. New York Times, "Calling Your Lawyer’s Cell From Jail? What You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You.," 22 May 2018 In much of Burkina Faso, as many as 40 percent of births go unrecorded in official records, and many children lack identification documents. Washington Post, "Cocoa’s child laborers," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of unrecorded

1577, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2020

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“Unrecorded.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrecorded. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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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