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uncharted

[ uhn-chahr-tid ]
/ ʌnˈtʃɑr tɪd /
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adjective
not shown or located on a map; unexplored; unknown, as a place or region: the uncharted depths of space.
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Origin of uncharted

First recorded in 1840–50; un-1 + chart + -ed2

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH uncharted

uncharted , unchartered
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UNCHARTED VS. UNCHARTERED

What’s the difference between uncharted and unchartered?

Uncharted means unexplored or unmapped, as in uncharted territory or uncharted waters. Unchartered means not having (or not done under) a charter or some other kind of official authorization, as in an unchartered flight. It’s sometimes used to mean unauthorized or lawless, as in unchartered activity. 

The chart in uncharted refers to a map, but charted is not commonly used as an adjective—most people would say mapped. In contrast, both unchartered and chartered (meaning having a charter or officially authorized) are used.

The two words are often used in much different contexts, but there are some cases where both could apply. For example, a remote parcel of land may be both uncharted (unmapped) and unchartered (not bound by any official charters or laws).

Here’s an example of uncharted and unchartered used correctly in a sentence.

Example: The movie is an adventure about a group of teens who take a secret, unchartered flight to explore an uncharted island. 

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Should uncharted or unchartered be used in the following sentence?

This is _____ territory—it can’t be found on any map.

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British Dictionary definitions for uncharted

uncharted
/ (ʌnˈtʃɑːtɪd) /

adjective
(of a physical or nonphysical region or area) not yet mapped, surveyed, or investigateduncharted waters; the uncharted depths of the mind
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