un·​want·​ed | \ˌən-ˈwän-təd \

Definition of unwanted 

: not wanted or needed attracting unwanted attention giving away some unwanted possessions

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Yet despite decades of unwanted attention and articles depicting eating alone as some frightful activity, women have long cherished a solitary meal. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Eating Alone," 6 July 2018 The unwanted attention got to be so much that the victim took a leave of absence from the school. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "He went on a few dates with his student. Then he sent her over 800 texts in one day.," 29 June 2018 Lyla has to cope with the trauma of unwanted attention, which Giffin handles carefully and realistically. Bethanne Patrick, chicagotribune.com, "Emily Giffin's new novel is all her fans ever wanted," 29 June 2018 Yet despite unwanted attention and decades of articles depicting eating alone as some frightful activity, women have long cherished a solitary meal. Stephanie Rosenbloom, New York Times, "On Eating Alone in Paris," 30 May 2018 In another case, Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, was told to stop hugging other lawmakers and staffers after an investigation found multiple instances of unwanted touching. Melody Gutierrez, SFChronicle.com, "California lawmaker reprimanded for ‘locker-room talk’," 12 July 2018 The duo will replace John Lasseter, who is leaving the company amid allegations of unwanted touching. Rebecca Keegan, HWD, "Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee Are Taking Over for Disney’s Ousted John Lasseter," 19 June 2018 In other incidents, Freeman attempted to lift one woman's skirt, subjected other woman to unwanted touching and made inappropriate comments about their bodies. Sydney Scott, Essence.com, "Multiple Women Accuse Morgan Freeman Of Inappropriate Behavior, Sexual Harassment," 24 May 2018 The young woman alleges the harassment lasted for several months, with Freeman subjecting her to unwanted touching and comments about her appearance nearly daily. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "The Biggest Bombshells From the Morgan Freeman Sexual-Harassment Report," 24 May 2018

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1697, in the meaning defined above

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un·​want·​ed | \ˌən-ˈwȯn-təd, -ˈwän-\

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: not desired or needed

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