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unmarked

[uhn-mahrkt] /ʌnˈmɑrkt/
adjective
1.
not marked.
2.
Linguistics.
  1. characterized by the absence of a distinctive phonological feature, as (p), which, in contrast to (b), lacks the distinctive feature of voicing.
  2. characterized by the absence of a grammatical marker, as the singular in English in contrast to the plural, which is typically marked by an -s ending.
  3. neutral with regard to an element of meaning specified by a semantically related item.
  4. occurring more typically than an alternative form.
    Compare marked (def 4).
Origin of unmarked
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at un-1, marked
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unmarked

/ʌnˈmɑːkt/
adjective
1.
not carrying a mark or marks: an unmarked police car
2.
not noticed or observed
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Word Origin and History for unmarked
adj.

c.1400, "having been given no mark," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of mark (v.). Cf. Old Norse umarkaðr. Meaning "not noticed or observed" is recorded from 1530s.

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