attempted

adjective
at·​tempt·​ed | \ ə-ˈtem(p)-təd How to pronounce attempted (audio) \

Definition of attempted

: having been tried without success an attempted suicide an attempted takeover especially, law : characterized by an intent to commit and effort taken to commit a specified crime that fails or is prevented an attempted robbery was charged with attempted murder

Examples of attempted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The attempted first-degree intentional homicide of Grosskreutz could carry a 60-year sentence plus five years for the same weapon modifier, and the jury can consider lesser charges in that count. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 20 Nov. 2021 Pollock suffered what the Dodgers termed a strained right hamstring on an attempted steal of third in the first inning of L.A.’s 6-1 win Saturday night. Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Sep. 2021 None of the world leaders' devices were forensically examined by The Post or its reporting partners, but tests of other phones on the list turned up evidence of attempted or successful spyware intrusions. Arkansas Online, 29 July 2021 None of the world leaders’ devices were forensically examined by The Post or its reporting partners, but tests of other phones on the list found evidence of an attempted or successful spyware intrusion. Washington Post, 28 July 2021 Amnesty was able to examine the smartphones of 67 individuals on the list, finding evidence of an attempted or successful Pegasus infection on 37. Frank Bajak, Star Tribune, 19 July 2021 Bader was thrown out by Manny Piña on an attempted steal of second – thanks to a replay challenge – but Woodruff walked the .111-hitting Matt Carpenter to end his night at 98 pitches. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 May 2021 Were the events that day an attempted putsch or an extravagant fit of democratic passions? Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2021 However, the worst might be John B’s attempted robbery on Ward’s Paradise Island home. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 4 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of attempted

circa 1513, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of attempted was circa 1513

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“Attempted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attempted. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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attempted

adjective
at·​tempt·​ed

Legal Definition of attempted

: characterized by an intent to commit and effort taken to commit a specified crime that fails or is prevented attempted forgery

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