un·​re·​solved | \ ˌən-ri-ˈzälvd , -ˈzȯlvd also -ˈzävd or -ˈzȯvd\

Definition of unresolved

: not settled, solved, or brought to resolution : not resolved an unresolved issue a question that was left unresolved

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Synonyms & Antonyms for unresolved


open, pending, undecided, undetermined, unsettled


decided, determined, resolved, settled

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The delay increases the chances the lawsuit will remain unresolved for the 2020 presidential election. WSJ, "Shutdown Poses Risk to Health Care," 23 Jan. 2019 The broken relationship between the two men has paralyzed City Hall at a time when Cincinnati is grappling with big issues, such as a tight budget and the still-unresolved question about where FC Cincinnati could build a stadium. Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com, "Cranley wants special counsel to investigate Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black," 30 Mar. 2018 There are a lot of unresolved tension points in the Democratic Party on foreign policy, particularly when taking a bold new stance may cause hiccups on other domestic priorities. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The bizarre story of Democrats helping Republicans stall action on Yemen," 15 Dec. 2018 Still unresolved is who will conduct the questioning. Fox News Staff, Fox News, "Early voting begins, final phase of midterms is here," 21 Sep. 2018 Lawmakers continue to be faced with several major unresolved immigration policy issues — from family separations at the border to the shaky legal status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Tara Golshan, Vox, "House Republicans are ditching their plan to force Democrats to vote to abolish ICE," 17 July 2018 The contested Florida races, which have drawn widespread comparison to the 2000 Bush-Gore presidential election, are among several races still unresolved days after Election Day. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Florida Recounts Begin as Both Sides Dig In for Fight," 11 Nov. 2018 But aspects of the withdrawing member’s future relationship with the EU are unresolved, Barnier said, most notably the border that will separate EU member Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. Raf Casert, The Seattle Times, "EU official urges Britain’s May to get creative on Brexit," 16 Oct. 2018 Shakespeare’s frequent treatment of ethical and legal questions is marked far more by its ambiguity and unresolved tensions than by clear directives and propositions—this is part of what makes his work simultaneously playful and vexing. Walt Hunter, The Atlantic, "When Hamlet Starts Showing Up in Federal Court," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of unresolved

1565, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unresolved

: still needing an answer, a solution, or an ending


un·​re·​solved | \ -ri-ˈzälvd, -ˈzȯlvd \

Medical Definition of unresolved

: not resolved : not having undergone resolution unresolved pneumonia

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