un·​solved | \ ˌən-ˈsälvd How to pronounce unsolved (audio) , -ˈsȯlvd \

Definition of unsolved

: not explained, corrected, or dealt with : not solved an unsolved problem unsolved math equations

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Recent Examples on the Web For the families of victims killed in unsolved murders, that's been true a long time. Amber Hunt, The Enquirer, "Backstory: Despite indictment promises, 35-year-old Middletown slaying still unsolved," 3 July 2020 The unsolved murder of a Cochice County rancher, which was pinned on undocumented immigrants by authorities and echoed in mass media, exacerbated hostilities. Taylor Seely, AZCentral.com, "Listen to the trailer for our new series, 'Rediscovering: SB 1070'," 1 July 2020 The police say that Robert Woods’ killing remains unsolved. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, "How Dollar Stores Became Magnets for Crime and Killing," 29 June 2020 June 28 McNamara is a writer, mother, and wife who spends her nights scouring the internet for information about her obsession — unsolved cases. Ariana Brockington, refinery29.com, "I’ll Be Gone In The Dark," 29 June 2020 This story details the then unsolved murder, when he was known as the Visalia Ransacker. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "The Golden State Killer case: A roundup of the Chronicle’s coverage," 29 June 2020 The series integrates Michelle's story — and her obsession with delving into these unsolved cases — with following the investigation into the Golden State Killer. Jessica Derschowitz, EW.com, "I’ll Be Gone in the Dark director on exploring Michelle McNamara’s hunt for the Golden State Killer," 26 June 2020 Running counter to the idea that less is more, such series and podcasts indulge a meandering narrative style, particularly when recounting unsolved (or unjustly sentenced) crimes. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "‘I’ll Be Gone in the Dark’ isn’t just another true-crime docuseries. It’s a brilliant look at how the genre pulls us in.," 25 June 2020 But today, some 90 percent of crimes in Mexico remain unsolved. Laura Weiss, The New Republic, "How America Exports Police Violence Around the World," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of unsolved

1665, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jul 2020

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“Unsolved.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsolved. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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: not yet solved : never solved

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