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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An emotional trigger means that something or someone has reminded a survivor of trauma from their past that is unresolved. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "What You Should Know About Dating a Domestic Abuse Survivor," 26 Oct. 2018 Today, indigenous women continue to be among the worst sufferers of the gender pay gap, and missing and murdered indigenous women remains an unresolved epidemic in the United States and Canada. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "A New Exhibit Showcases the Groundbreaking Work of Late Indigenous Artist T. C. Cannon," 5 Apr. 2019 The end of special counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly two-year Russia probe leaves a few matters unresolved. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Roger Stone Trial, Russia Hacking Case Among Mueller Probe’s Loose Ends," 25 Mar. 2019 But public records posted by the agency show little progress on the probe, which began in July of 2015 and remains unresolved. Tom Krisher, The Seattle Times, "Driver hurt by air bag shrapnel as investigation drags on," 20 Feb. 2019 The House of Representatives will have a new majority, thanks to 235 Democrats and 199 Republicans (one congressional race in North Carolina is still unresolved). Bridget Read, Vogue, "The Most Diverse Congress Ever—With 131 Women—Is Sworn In," 3 Jan. 2019 That means broader strategic questions remain unresolved because of White House turf wars, agencies’ competing priorities, political sensitivities and a lack of experience with a relatively new threat, the people say. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook political ad tools are ripe for trolling," 1 Nov. 2018 The administration has said there would be no letup in the sanctions while the nuclear issue remains unresolved. New York Times, "Trump Cites ‘Great Progress’ in North Korea Nuclear Talks," 12 July 2018 The sessions will also cover the still unresolved issue of the Irish border and other parts of the divorce agreement that remain to be settled, according to the official, who declined to be named as the agenda hasn’t yet been published. Ian Wishart, Bloomberg.com, "Brexit Talks on Future Trade Relationship to Begin Next Week," 12 Apr. 2018

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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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one that collects or salvages junk

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