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involved

[in-volvd]
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adjective
  1. very intricate or complex: an involved reply.
  2. implicated: involved in crime.
  3. concerned in some affair, especially in a way likely to cause danger or unpleasantness: I didn't call the police because I didn't want to get involved.
  4. committed or engaged, as in a political cause or artistic movement: The civil rights demonstration attracted the involved young people of the area.

Origin of involved

First recorded in 1600–10; involve + -ed2
Related formsin·volv·ed·ly [in-vol-vid-lee, -volvd-] /ɪnˈvɒl vɪd li, -ˈvɒlvd-/, adverbin·volv·ed·ness, nounnon·in·volved, adjectiveun·in·volved, adjective

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1. complicated, knotty, tangled, perplexing.

Antonyms

1. simple.
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Examples from the Web for uninvolved

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  • He meant to look as uninvolved as the duke, but it was not quite within his power.

    T. Tembarom

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • The kidneys, in cases which have continued some time, are apt to be hypermic and enlarged, although primarily they are uninvolved.

  • This pampered minion surveyed me with the innocent malice of an uninvolved nonhuman for merely human intrigues.

    The Door Through Space

    Marion Zimmer Bradley

  • I knocked again and had time to wonder if we'd find ourselves explaining things to some uninvolved stranger.

    The Door Through Space

    Marion Zimmer Bradley

  • The more I defended Willy, the more Willy would talk in order to protect his uninvolved friends.

    Jack of No Trades

    Charles Cottrell


British Dictionary definitions for uninvolved

uninvolved

adjective
  1. not included or involveduninvolved bystanders

involved

adjective
  1. complicated; difficult to comprehendan involved literary style
  2. (usually postpositive) concerned or implicatedone of the men involved
  3. (postpositive foll by with) euphemistic having sexual relationsshe was involved with a number of men
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Word Origin and History for uninvolved

involved

adj.

"complicated," 1640s, past participle adjective from involve.

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