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[uhn-won-tid, ‐wawn‐] /ʌnˈwɒn tɪd, ‐ˈwɔn‐/
not desired or needed; not wanted:
My absence generated some unwanted attention.
Origin of unwanted
First recorded in 1695-1700; un-1 + want + -ed2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They, the restless ones, the unwanted and forgotten, the survivors.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • It seemed to him that he would be alone and unwanted always.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner Coningsby Dawson
  • "Let us get into the carriage," said the marquis as though to chase away an unwanted idea.

  • Perhaps he, the old man, would be unwanted, would only be in the way if he went in.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • It was thin with tension, and it rang in Johnny's ears with unwanted familiarity.

    Sound of Terror Don Berry
British Dictionary definitions for unwanted


not wanted or desired: an unwanted pregnancy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unwanted

1690s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of want (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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