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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
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  • He stood by silently while the two girls chattered together; he felt very much out of it and unwanted.

    The Phantom Lover Ruby M. Ayres
  • "Let us get into the carriage," said the marquis as though to chase away an unwanted idea.

  • "But quite useful—with unwanted visitors," he replied, stooping suddenly and picking up something off the carpet.

  • Happy Million, to have even an unwanted young man to write to her!

    Miss Million's Maid Bertha Ruck
  • If the best had been denied, she had been spared the worst,—the lot of a superfluous, unwanted woman!

    Lady Cassandra Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
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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