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  1. without attendance; lacking an audience, spectators, etc.: an unattended meeting.
  2. not accompanied; not associated with, as a concomitant effect or result: a flash of lightning unattended by thunder.
  3. not cared for or ministered to: unattended patients; an unattended injury.
  4. not taken in charge; not watched over: an unattended switchboard.
  5. not accompanied, as by an attendant or companion; alone: The queen was unattended.
  6. unheeded; not listened to; disregarded: unattended warning signals.
  7. not tended to; not done or carried out, as a task (usually followed by to): He left his studies unattended to.

Origin of unattended

First recorded in 1595–1605; un-1 + attend + -ed2
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Related Words for unattended

neglected, abandoned, disregarded, ignored, untended

Examples from the Web for unattended

Contemporary Examples of unattended

Historical Examples of unattended

  • Even when his Royal Highness honours me with his presence he is unattended.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • She had died at a lodging in the country, alone and unattended.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • He came swiftly across the lawn to her, unattended and unannounced.

    The Traitors

    E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim

  • I will get acquainted with this boy; and, for once, let love be unattended by doubt.'

    The Young Duke

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • The mother was unattended, save by her husband—no other woman was near.

British Dictionary definitions for unattended


  1. not looked after or cared for
  2. unaccompanied or alone
  3. not listened to
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for unattended

c.1600, "alone, unaccompanied," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of attend. Meaning "with no one in attendance" is from 1796.

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