un·​solved | \ ˌən-ˈsälvd , -ˈsȯlvd\

Definition of unsolved

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

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In the aftermath of her son’s still unsolved killing, Beckman joined with other mothers who had lost children and with the Rev. Henry Brown, an anti-violence crusader in Hartford, to form Mothers United Against Violence. David Owens, courant.com, "Hartford Woman Who Lost Her Son To Gun Violence Comforts Others Who Suffer Tragedies," 14 June 2018 But the auditorium is also part of a larger, long-running drama — complete with an unsolved killing — that few out-of-towners know. Christopher Reynolds, latimes.com, "Grab an apple and enter the Fillmore, San Francisco’s cradle of psychedelia that continues to rock," 3 May 2018 As part of an effort to renew interest in the unsolved slaying of an 11-year-old girl more than 40 years ago, police in California used their Twitter account last weekend to recount the story of her life, mysterious disappearance and death. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "'Everyone Returns Home, Everyone but Me': Police Tweet as Long-Dead Girl to Spotlight Cold Case," 9 July 2018 The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is confirmed to be the shortest yet, with just six episodes being made to somehow wrap up the millions of unsolved plot threads that are currently still keeping us all hanging. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Release Date Is Closer Than You Thought," 26 July 2018 In the federal case, the apparent patsy picked to take the rap for four unsolved 2013 burglaries was a black Haitian American 16-year-old who lived with his family in a duplex on Northwest 12th Court. Charles Rabin, Jay Weaver And David Ovalle, miamiherald, "The chief wanted perfect stats, so cops were told to pin crimes on blacks, probe found," 12 July 2018 Bikeshare is searching for revenue, and numerous regulatory issues remain muddled or unsolved. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How Lyft’s bikeshare investment might change how we get around cities," 3 July 2018 After a California father was fatally shot in a tent while camping with his two young children in picturesque Malibu Creek State Park last week, authorities are investigating seven unsolved reports of gunfire in the area over the previous two years. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "Area Where Dad Was Killed on Camping Trip Next to 2 Young Daughters Has History of Shootings," 29 June 2018 Indifference over a black man’s death left the Spalding County case unsolved for 34 years, Griffin Judicial Circuit Chief Assistant District Attorney Marie Broder said in her opening statement. Christian Boone, ajc, "Race takes center stage on Day One of Spalding cold case murder trial," 21 June 2018

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1665, in the meaning defined above

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: not yet solved : never solved

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