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 The feelings of relaxation smokers experience while smoking are the normal, unstressed state that non-smokers experience all the time. Noel Cody, Essence, 11 May 2022 The combination makes for an unstressed powertrain in most driving. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 22 Sep. 2021 Tropical is certainly the dominant aura, but there is also a stress on the unstressed there as well. Michael Alpiner, Forbes, 10 May 2021 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, 14 Apr. 2020 Pregnant women who were physically pressured were also more likely to give birth prematurely than unstressed mothers. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 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, 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, 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, 11 May 2018 See More

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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 24 Sep. 2022.

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

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: not accented an unstressed syllable

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