un·​so·​lic·​it·​ed | \ˌən-sə-ˈli-sə-təd \

Definition of unsolicited 

: not asked for or requested : not solicited unsolicited advice unsolicited e-mail

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unasked, unbidden (also unbid), uninvited, unsought


requested, solicited

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Curb Your Enthusiasm, season nine Larry David simply can't resist offering his unsolicited opinions on topics that people with common sense know are better off left alone. Chris Ball, cleveland.com, "Oscar winner 'The Shape of Water' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 18 Mar. 2018 But being targeted, unsolicited, at home could be at least as off-putting as being served an ad for a brand you Googled or talked about. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Why so many hip startups advertise with snail mail," 1 Nov. 2018 On August 8, Ars received a second unsolicited email from someone else who claimed to work with Staples and the other two co-plaintiffs. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "“He never paid us a cent”—man suing Tesla has his own lawsuit-filled past," 31 Oct. 2018 In my experience, many of them love to give advice, especially the unsolicited kind. Gray Chapman, SELF, "Here's How I Conquered Weight Room Anxiety," 8 Sep. 2018 Oak Street Real Estate Capital, a Chicago private equity firm, stepped forward with an unsolicited proposal in April. Jenna Carlesso, courant.com, "CRDA Receives One Bid For Purchase Of Hartford's Aging XL Center," 29 June 2018 City Manager Lee Feldman said the city can accept an unsolicited proposal from the Panthers. Brittany Wallman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Panthers consider ice rink at War Memorial in Fort Lauderdale," 26 June 2018 Scott said the Florida Department of Transportation received an unsolicited proposal from a private company to lease property to build a high-speed rail line connecting Orlando and Tampa along Interstate-4. Gray Rohrer, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Gov. Scott: Private sector Orlando to Tampa high speed rail in works," 22 June 2018 It’s unclear what path Athenahealth will take (the company issued a boilerplate missive about reviewing the unsolicited proposal on Monday). Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Athenahealth Bid, Obamacare Fast Food Rules, $1.5 Million Gene Therapy," 7 May 2018

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1594, in the meaning defined above

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