un·​stat·​ed ˌən-ˈstā-təd How to pronounce unstated (audio)
: not directly stated or set forth
a change made for reasons left unstated
unstated motives

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Lockheed alleges that subjective and unstated criteria were applied to negate its pricing advantage and thus bias the outcome. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 11 Jan. 2023 Even the movie’s one scene of inspired comedy derives its power from its unstated Christian roots. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 13 July 2022 In this study, participants read versions of stories in which critical information was either verbally spelled out or left unstated, to be inferred by the reader. Guest Blogger, Discover Magazine, 15 Mar. 2013 One of the most persistent types of ableism itself is the idea, usually unstated and assumed with little conscious thought, that disabled people are unreliable narrators of their own experiences. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022 The unstated answer comes to be, Well, sure, but maybe filtered through the sensibility of a journalist or presenter willing to push past the familiar. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 8 Dec. 2022 Yet this loudly unstated resonance is everywhere in the new production—not quite enough, perhaps, to transform our understanding of Miller’s intentions, but powerfully enough to reshape our experience of some familiar beats. Rob Weinert-kendt, Vulture, 9 Oct. 2022 One red line that has held on both sides has been largely unstated: That neither Russia nor the members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization want to directly engage the other side militarily. Laurence Norman, WSJ, 27 Nov. 2022 The unstated motivation of her visit, some say, has far more to do with 2024 than 2022. Samantha J. Gross, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unstated was circa 1775

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“Unstated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unstated. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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