un·​sur·​passed | \ ˌən-sər-ˈpast \

Definition of unsurpassed

: not exceeded by anything else : not surpassed unsurpassed beauty

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For now, humans remain unsurpassed in their broad, integrated, flexible and robust understanding of the world. Vincent Conitzer, WSJ, "Natural Intelligence Still Has Its Advantages," 28 Aug. 2018 Despite Bork’s unsurpassed credentials, liberals opposed him solely because of his conservative judicial philosophy. Mark Pulliam, WSJ, "Robert Bork’s Proud Legacy and the Senate’s Shameful One," 31 Aug. 2018 Forty-five years since Secretariat completed the Triple Crown, his record times remain unsurpassed in the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Secretariat’s rider is suffering from cancer. But the horse's legacy is keeping him alive," 17 Jan. 2018 Qualia is nestled neatly into the northern tip of Hamilton Island, surrounded by the unsurpassed beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016 His perception also chose an unsurpassed collection of Impressionist to Cubist art. E.a. Carmean Jr., WSJ, "‘A Sporting Vision: The Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art From the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ Review," 23 May 2018 Though Forbes magazine lists Hughes’ net worth at $2.7 billion, Coolmore’s willingness to spend on horses is generally acknowledged as unsurpassed. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Derby hopeful Mendelssohn has the look and genes of a winner," 3 May 2018 Only in determination were Huddersfield unsurpassed. SI.com, "Huddersfield Town Keep the Magic Alive in a League of Big Spenders and Heavy Hitters," 10 May 2018 Here is papal regalia of unsurpassed intricacy, but also space-age brides, monastic couture, angels in gold lamé, and a choir up in the balcony dressed in head-to-toe Balenciaga. Jason Farago, New York Times, "‘Heavenly Bodies’ Brings the Fabric of Faith to the Met," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of unsurpassed

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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un·​sur·​passed | \ ˌən-sər-ˈpast\

Kids Definition of unsurpassed

: not exceeded (as in excellence)

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