unattended [uhn-uh-ten-did] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for unattended on Thesaurus.com adjective

  1. without attendance; lacking an audience, spectators, etc.: an unattended meeting.
  2. not accompanied; not associated with, as a concomitant effect or result: a flash of lightning unattended by thunder.
  3. not cared for or ministered to: unattended patients; an unattended injury.
  4. not taken in charge; not watched over: an unattended switchboard.
  5. not accompanied, as by an attendant or companion; alone: The queen was unattended.
  6. unheeded; not listened to; disregarded: unattended warning signals.
  7. not tended to; not done or carried out, as a task (usually followed by to): He left his studies unattended to.

Origin of unattended First recorded in 1595–1605; un-1 + attend + -ed2 Related Words for unattended neglected, abandoned, disregarded, ignored, untended Examples from the Web for unattended Contemporary Examples of unattended

  • The sweep team was leading the way when it came upon an unattended red car parked along the route.

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    Michael Daly

    September 25, 2014

  • In the opening scene, a 10-year old Steven notices an unattended backpack in a train station.

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    Elliot Ackerman

    June 9, 2014

  • In the script, the cheetahs drift from their owner and roam suburban Mexico unattended.

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    October 27, 2013

  • It collects a growing quantity of intelligence, much of which goes forgotten and unattended.

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    August 22, 2013

  • In Washington, the police chief warned that unattended cars parked near critical buildings would be towed.

    NYC on High Alert

    September 10, 2011

  • Historical Examples of unattended

  • Even when his Royal Highness honours me with his presence he is unattended.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • She had died at a lodging in the country, alone and unattended.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • He came swiftly across the lawn to her, unattended and unannounced.

    The Traitors

    E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim

  • I will get acquainted with this boy; and, for once, let love be unattended by doubt.’

    The Young Duke

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • The mother was unattended, save by her husband—no other woman was near.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great – Volume 14

    Elbert Hubbard

  • British Dictionary definitions for unattended unattended adjective

    1. not looked after or cared for
    2. unaccompanied or alone
    3. not listened to

    Word Origin and History for unattended adj.

    c.1600, “alone, unaccompanied,” from un- (1) “not” + past participle of attend. Meaning “with no one in attendance” is from 1796.

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