un·​sent | \ ˌən-ˈsent How to pronounce unsent (audio) \

Definition of unsent

: not sent unsent letters unsent emails

Examples of unsent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This letter writer penned her unsent note to a high school boyfriend who re-entered her life decades later. BostonGlobe.com, "Had diarrhea. (Sorry. My heart and my bowels share a mystical bond.)," 30 Oct. 2019 Twitter feeds don’t load, email struggles to come through, and texts hang unsent. Christopher Schaberg, The Atlantic, "The Mobile Dead Zone on Airplanes," 1 Dec. 2019 According to the Post, Syniverse said that regular maintenance is what caused the previously unsent messages to be delivered yesterday. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Why more than 168,000 Valentine’s day text messages arrived in November," 8 Nov. 2019 People who awoke to the previously unsent texts — some from former flames or, like in my case, from a recently deceased loved one — understandably had emotional responses. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "My Recently Deceased Mom's Valentine's Day Text Was Finally Delivered — All Because of a Glitch," 8 Nov. 2019 To make matters even more complicated, a number of the errant texts appear to be unsent texts from around Valentine’s Day. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "You’re not the only one receiving mysterious text messages," 7 Nov. 2019 This unsent letter, written by a 28-year-old, was composed on the Notes app of a mobile phone, and sent to us as screen shots. BostonGlobe.com, "I truly wish you the best, though. Maybe I shouldn’t? ... But I do. I genuinely hope she makes you as happy as y’all look in your pictures. Regardless of whatever y’all’s relationship is ... it’s pretty easy to see she’s in love with you.," 16 Oct. 2019 About the unsent mail As part of the review, state authorities admitted that the RMV does not consistently mail notifications to other states when drivers from those states break laws in Massachusetts. Vernal Coleman, BostonGlobe.com, "Here are the key unanswered questions surrounding the Mass. RMV scandal," 19 July 2019 The adventures that follow for Nathaniel are triggered both by hormones and by finding, with his sister, their mother's full, unsent trunk in the basement. Bethanne Patrick, latimes.com, "Michael Ondaatje's novel 'Warlight' is a masterpiece of shifting memory," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of unsent

1548, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2021

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“Unsent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsent. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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