un·​stressed | \ ˌən-ˈstrest How to pronounce unstressed (audio) \

Definition of unstressed

1 : not bearing a stress or accent unstressed syllables
2 : not subjected to stress unstressed wires

Examples of unstressed in a Sentence

The second syllable of the word “random” is unstressed.
Recent Examples on the Web In the brain cells of the stressed pregnant mice, relative to nonpregnant or unstressed animals, the DNA structure changed in a way that increased the likelihood of genes in certain regions becoming active. Esther Landhuis, Scientific American, "Why Women May Be More Susceptible to Mood Disorders," 14 Apr. 2020 Pregnant women who were physically pressured were also more likely to give birth prematurely than unstressed mothers. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "A stressful pregnancy reduces the chances of having a boy, a study shows," 15 Oct. 2019 Their sperm had altered levels of specific sncRNA groups—albeit different ones from those altered in Mansuy's mice—and their offspring were more anxious and less sociable than the offspring of unstressed parents. Andrew Curry, Science | AAAS, "Parents’ emotional trauma may change their children’s biology. Studies in mice show how," 18 July 2019 During an average 10 years of follow-up, there were 8,284 cases of autoimmune disease among those diagnosed with a stress disorder, 57,711 among those without one, and 8,151 among the unstressed siblings. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Stress Disorders Tied to Autoimmune Disease," 26 June 2018 Video and photographs taken of Pizza at the aquarium appear to show a healthy-looking, unstressed animal in a somewhat livelier—and larger—space. National Geographic, "Nearly Two Years Later, ‘World’s Saddest Polar Bear’ No Longer Sad?," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of unstressed

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unstressed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unstressed. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unstressed

: not having an accent or a stress


un·​stressed | \ ˌən-ˈstrest How to pronounce unstressed (audio) \

Kids Definition of unstressed

: not accented an unstressed syllable

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