un·​re·​lat·​ed | \ ˌən-ri-ˈlā-təd How to pronounce unrelated (audio) \

Definition of unrelated

: not related: such as
a : not connected by birth or family They have the same last name but are unrelated.
b : not connected in any way : discrete, separate an unrelated incident
c : not told a previously unrelated tale

Examples of unrelated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Democrats largely focused their questions on antitrust complaints, while Republicans zeroed in on claims of anti-conservative bias that were unrelated to the investigation that prompted the hearing. Brian Fung, CNN, "Tech titans had their day before Congress. Now what?," 31 July 2020 But scientists couldn’t rule out explanations that were unrelated to biology, and that ambiguity prompted researchers to step back. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "With Perseverance, NASA launches new stage in Mars exploration," 30 July 2020 No suspect has been arrested in that killing, which police believe is unrelated to the shootings of the women in 2002. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Police identify suspect, now deceased, in killings of two transgender teens in 2002," 30 July 2020 The suit, a civil claim, is unrelated to the federal criminal charges from a corruption investigation centered on former Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru. Anna Kramer, SFChronicle.com, "Nick Bovis, Lefty O’Doul’s owner who pleaded guilty on fraud charges, also sued for unpaid rent," 13 July 2020 Stephens said the warning was unrelated to the rally. Author: Paul J. Weber, Anchorage Daily News, "Some states hit pause, others press on amid spike in virus," 13 June 2020 In three unrelated Detroit cases, two teens and an 11-year-old — all girls — are missing, police said Monday night. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "3 girls are missing, and Detroit police are asking for your help to find them," 2 June 2020 Jon Tippet, who heads the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division, said Murphy would face murder and attempted murder charges in an unrelated string of shootings that took place in South L.A. earlier in the year. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "Four charged with murder in slaying of rapper Pop Smoke," 13 July 2020 Venkatasubramanian says that basing a student’s grades on past trends at their school, potentially unrelated to the student’s own school career, could be unfair. Tom Simonite, Wired, "An Algorithm Set Students’ Grades—and Altered Their Futures," 10 July 2020

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First Known Use of unrelated

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unrelated was in 1611

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6 Aug 2020

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“Unrelated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrelated. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unrelated

: not part of the same family : not having any shared ancestors
: not connected in any way to someone or something else

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