un·​re·​solved | \ ˌən-ri-ˈzälvd How to pronounce unresolved (audio) , -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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His situation, after being banished from Santa Anita and other Stronach Group tracks, remained unresolved Tuesday although time is closing the window on his ability to race or train at the seaside track. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer not sure his horses can race at Del Mar this season," 9 July 2019 But the larger mystery over which force carried out the attack remains unresolved. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Airstrike Kills Dozens of Migrants at Detention Center in Tripoli," 3 July 2019 The most fundamental issues such as intellectual property protection remain unresolved. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Market High from Trump-Xi Trade Truce May Not Last," 29 June 2019 Seven days have passed since then, but Georgians are still protesting in Tbilisi — a sign that the underlying discontent remains unresolved. Alexander Sikorski, National Review, "Georgians Continue to Defy Putin, and the West Must Stand with Them," 28 June 2019 Meanwhile, several airport security vulnerabilities identified in numerous reports by the inspector general and Government Accountability Office remain unresolved, lawmakers heard Tuesday at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Ashley Halsey Iii, The Denver Post, "Hundreds of TSA workers being diverted from airports to southern border," 25 June 2019 Even on the eve of the operation, many of the most important details remained unresolved. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "ICE Agents Are Losing Patience with Trump’s Chaotic Immigration Policy," 24 June 2019 Another Newsom proposal that speeds construction of homeless shelters by sidestepping environmental laws also remains unresolved. Laurel Rosenhall, The Mercury News, "California just passed a $215 billion budget. Here’s what’s between the lines.," 14 June 2019 Under the revisions, the board president would have the ability to schedule a discussion behind closed doors if the parent or employee’s issue remained unresolved. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Waukegan District 60 school board backs off limiting public comments at meetings," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of unresolved

1565, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unresolved was in 1565

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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 How to pronounce unresolved (audio) \

Medical Definition of unresolved

: not resolved : not having undergone resolution unresolved pneumonia

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