un·​test·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈte-stəd How to pronounce untested (audio) \

Definition of untested

: not put to a test : not proved by trial or experience untested new drugs an untested politician

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Recent Examples on the Web After officials dealt with a coronavirus outbreak at Chino by transferring untested inmates to San Quentin, the virus is ripping through the Marin County facility. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 24-25," 27 June 2020 Some experts warn that untested remedies such as colloidal silver may, too, become more damaging once a coronavirus vaccine becomes available. Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, "Why People Are Drinking Silver for COVID-19," 22 June 2020 The actual number is thought to be much higher because many cases are asymptomatic or go untested. Ken Moritsugu, BostonGlobe.com, "Pandemic becomes a patchwork of small successes and setbacks," 20 June 2020 Authorities in Colombia fret that this flow of untested people might unleash a health disaster. The Economist, "Horsemen of the apocalypse Covid-19 raises the risks of violent conflict," 18 June 2020 Lister and his disciples mostly developed and spread antisepsis through benign breaches of expectation—applying an untested acidic poultice here, treating an otherwise terminal patient without informing them there. Matt Beane, Wired, "To Adapt to Tech, We're Heading Into the Shadows," 8 June 2020 President Trump is walking into untested legal territory with his executive order Thursday to waive environmental reviews to allow for infrastructure projects to be built during the economic crisis from the coronavirus pandemic. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Trump 'emergency' order to waive environmental reviews for infrastructure tests legal bounds," 4 June 2020 The other part of their strategy is attacking Democratic challengers as untested and ethically-challenged. USA TODAY, "Pandemic, George Floyd death has once-confident Senate Republicans on defense in November election," 4 June 2020 Testing is limited, however, and President Andry Rajoelina’s controversial promotion of an untested herbal tonic, called Covid-Organics, complicates the matter. Katie Knorovsky, National Geographic, "Madagascar’s tourism drought could fuel another crisis," 20 May 2020

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circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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“Untested.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untested. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of untested

: not yet shown to be good, strong, etc., by being used, placed in a difficult situation, etc.

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