un·​so·​lic·​it·​ed | \ ˌən-sə-ˈli-sə-təd How to pronounce unsolicited (audio) \

Definition of unsolicited

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for unsolicited


unasked, unbidden (also unbid), uninvited, unsought


requested, solicited

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The limited outside capital in the early days was by design, Martin said, and the first $5 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners in April 2017 was unsolicited. Shannon Fitzgerald, Fortune, "How Sustainable Startup Rothy’s Found Success Turning Recycled Water Bottles into Fashionable Footwear," 15 Sep. 2019 No one asked about him, nor were there any unsolicited votes of confidence. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Out of nowhere: How Dallin Leavitt made the Raiders 53-man roster," 7 Sep. 2019 The same sort of thing has happened with Johnson’s off-kilter, unsolicited take critiquing how devout Muslim women dress. Rashmee Roshan Lall, Quartz, "You can bash Boris Johnson for many things. But only if he said them," 4 Sep. 2019 Austin: The state is teaming with Bumble to crack down on people who send unsolicited nude images on dating apps and elsewhere in cyberspace. USA TODAY, "Cat burglar, prison bats, USS Arizona Memorial: News from around our 50 states," 4 Sep. 2019 Some unsolicited ideas for those campaigning up north: ■ Learn the difference between New Hampshire and Vermont. Felice Belman, BostonGlobe.com, "How to make friends in New Hampshire: A guide for would-be presidents," 29 Aug. 2019 How to stop unsolicited calendar events Thankfully, getting rid of the spammy calendar events isn’t too difficult. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "If your Google Calendar seems like it’s been hacked, here’s what to do," 28 Aug. 2019 Many [straight] men would be happy to receive such an image [from a woman], even unsolicited. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "WIRED Takes a Good Hard Look at Dick Pics," 14 Aug. 2019 Braun took the opportunity to get an unsolicited high-five from West. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ryan Braun saw chance to get a high-five from umpire Joe West and took it," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of unsolicited

1594, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unsolicited was in 1594

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English Language Learners Definition of unsolicited

: not asked for : given or received without being requested

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