- without the physical presence of people in control: an unmanned spacecraft.
- Falconry. (of a captured hawk) untrained for hunting with a master; unmade.
Origin of unmanned
- to deprive of courage or fortitude; break down the manly spirit of: Constant conflict finally unmanned him.
- to deprive of virility; emasculate; castrate.
Origin of unman
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Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles are helping Bashar Assad hold on to power.Iran’s Drone War in Syria
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Up until this point, Chinese unmanned drones had only been used in surveillance and reconnaissance operations.How China Used Drones to Capture a Notorious Burmese Drug Lord
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“I should think it would have unmanned you for life,” said Richling.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
For all my callousness I was sick and unmanned by that which had befallen.The Suitors of Yvonne
Her voice, its sweet tones breaking a little at the last, unmanned me.The Rose of Old St. Louis
"They can't imagine that we'd light up an unmanned ship," said Ethaniel.Second Landing
His sensibility to outrage and insult overpowered and unmanned him.
- lacking personnel or crewan unmanned ship
- (of aircraft, spacecraft, etc) operated by automatic or remote control
- falconry (of a hawk or falcon) not yet trained to accept humans
- to cause to lose courage or nerve
- to make effeminate
- to remove the men from
- archaic to deprive of human qualities
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Word Origin and History for unmanned
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