un·​sell ˌən-ˈsel How to pronounce unsell (audio)
unsold ˌən-ˈsōld How to pronounce unsell (audio) ; unselling

transitive verb

: to dissuade from a belief in the truth, value, or desirability of something
ads that unsell the public on energy consumption
: to discourage a belief in the truth, value, or desirability of
I unsold the coat he wanted and sold him another

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of unsell was circa 1929

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“Unsell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsell. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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