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unaccented

[uhn-ak-sen-tid, uhn-ak-sen-] /ʌnˈæk sɛn tɪd, ˌʌn ækˈsɛn-/
adjective
1.
not accented; unstressed.
Origin of unaccented
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; un-1 + accent + -ed2
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  • And the unworried, unaccented voice of her father went on tormenting her.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • Aphesis is the loss of the unaccented first syllable, as in 'baccy and 'later.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley
  • The syllable having the grave accent is, as we should say, unaccented.

  • It is called feminine when it follows an unaccented syllable.

    English Verse Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
  • Like all his countrymen, he laid most stress on unaccented syllables.

  • They raised their hats to the Kid's girl and went on with their calm, unaccented palaver.

    The Trimmed Lamp

    O. Henry
  • They are both within the zone of the unaccented syllable of the iamb.

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