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[uhn-mahrkt] /ʌnˈmɑrkt/
not marked.
  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
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at un-1, marked Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There is no significant difference between the results of the marked and the unmarked observations.

    Noteworthy Families (Modern Science) Francis Galton and Edgar Schuster
  • The new, trackless snow was as yet unmarked by step of man or beast.

  • Their eggs are bluish white, unmarked or faintly spotted with pale brown.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • The eggs are generally four in number and of a greenish blue, unmarked.

    Bird Day; How to prepare for it Charles Almanzo Babcock
  • It is not seemly that people who have served the Morgans so long and faithfully should sleep in unmarked graves.

    Sons and Fathers Harry Stillwell Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for unmarked


not carrying a mark or marks: an unmarked police car
not noticed or observed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unmarked

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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