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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In late 2015, Drury Hotels made an unsolicited offer on the 92-year-old building on East Washington Street and closed on the deal in February 2016. Amy Bartner, Indianapolis Star, "IBJ is moving to Monument Circle," 22 June 2018 Ironically, because many victims fell for scams of unsolicited offers of money, people were skeptical of the letters, Schmidt said. Edward Mckinley, kansascity, "Nigerian Prince Scam took $110K from Kansas man; 10 years later, he's getting it back," 11 June 2018 Last month, Larian made an unsolicited offer to merge his MGA Entertainment Inc. with his crosstown rival in El Segundo — with Larian chairman and CEO of the combined companies. Jaclyn Cosgrove, latimes.com, "Bratz maker Isaac Larian wants to merge his MGA with Mattel. Barbie isn't interested," 19 May 2018 But that completely unsolicited, spontaneous plug is neither here nor there (PayPal works, Graham, just sayin'). Simon Abrams, The Hollywood Reporter, "Did 'A Quiet Place' Take Enough Risks?," 16 Apr. 2018 The remarks are intended to reassure Democratic senators troubled by Barr’s past comments on the special counsel’s probe, including the unsolicited memo. Eric Tucker, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s AG nominee defends memo criticizing Mueller probe," 15 Jan. 2019 Politics: How unsolicited text messages were sent to Hoosiers to put pressure on Sen. Joe Donnelly Scooters: Bird scooters are being removed from Indianapolis. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.," 13 July 2018 One way to fend off these unsolicited messages is to use a disposable email address. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "15 tech upgrades you can get for free," 15 June 2018 The scams involve an unsolicited phone call, email or computer-screen pop-up notification from someone purporting to be a tech-support specialist who has identified a virus infecting you computer. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "FBI: Big increase in tech-support fraud in Arizona this year," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of unsolicited

1594, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unsolicited

: not asked for : given or received without being requested

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