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[uhn-sel] /ʌnˈsɛl/
verb (used with object), unsold, unselling.
to dissuade from a belief in the desirability, value, wisdom, or truth of something:
He tried to unsell the public on its faith in rearmament.
Origin of unsell
First recorded in 1925-30; un-2 + sell1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The unsold stocks went on accumulating, until one by one the German nitrate works were compelled to close down.

    South America and the War F. A. Kirkpatrick
  • And she looked wistfully at the unsold matches lying in her lap.

    Her Benny Silas Kitto Hocking
  • A limited number have been printed, few copies remain for sale: unsold copies will shortly be raised in price to 1l.

  • If he is an author, it does not trouble him that his books are unsold, unread, uncut.

  • My dear sir, to me there are only two kinds of pictures, the sold and the unsold; and to me the sold are always the best.

  • Yes, here was something—the unsold articles, carefully placed in order.

    Anne Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • As soon as the first was over the merchants packed their unsold wares and journeyed to the next.

    Introductory American History Henry Eldridge Bourne
  • If I've got any unsold I leave them at the fire-station and then they're fresh in the morning.

British Dictionary definitions for unsold


not sold: quantities of unsold stock
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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