[ uhn-uh-ten-did ]
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  1. without attendance; lacking an audience, spectators, etc.: The decision was made out of the public eye, in an unattended meeting.

  2. not accompanied; not associated with, as a concomitant effect or result: a flash of lightning unattended by thunder.

  1. not cared for or ministered to: unattended patients;an unattended injury.

  2. not taken in charge; not watched over: Many forest fires start from unattended campfires.Careful, or your unattended baggage may be picked up by airport security.

  3. not accompanied, as by an attendant or companion; alone: The queen was unattended.

  4. unheeded; not listened to; disregarded: A number of unattended warning signals preceded the explosion.

  5. 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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British Dictionary definitions for unattended


/ (ˌʌnəˈtɛndɪd) /

  1. not looked after or cared for

  2. unaccompanied or alone

  1. not listened to

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