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[giv-uh n]
  1. past participle of give.
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  1. stated, fixed, or specified: at a given time.
  2. addicted or disposed (often followed by to): given to making snide remarks.
  3. bestowed as a gift; conferred.
  4. assigned as a basis of calculation, reasoning, etc.: Given A and B, C follows.
  5. Mathematics. known or independently determined: a given magnitude.
  6. (on official documents) executed and delivered as of the date shown.
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  1. an established fact, condition, factor, etc.
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Related formsself-giv·en, adjectiveun·giv·en, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ungiven

Historical Examples of ungiven

  • All their other assumptions of ungiven powers have been in the detail.

    Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson

  • She could smile and be silent, and give him her hand or leave it ungiven, as he might demand.

    Lady Anna

    Anthony Trollope

  • We now stood fairly on the rock, prepared to encounter any given, or ungiven quantity of birds or beasts.

  • Jones, regretting the ungiven clip, banged the door, and the libel-loving Glew went pleasantly on his way.

    The Gay Adventure

    Richard Bird

British Dictionary definitions for ungiven


  1. the past participle of give
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  1. (postpositive foll by to) tending (to); inclined or addicted (to)
  2. specific or previously stated
  3. assumed as a premise
  4. maths known or determined independentlya given volume
  5. (on official documents) issued or executed, as on a stated date
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  1. an assumed fact
  2. philosophy the supposed raw data of experienceSee also sense datum
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Word Origin and History for ungiven


past participle adjective, late 14c., "allotted, predestined," from give; also with a noun sense of "fate," reflecting an important concept in pagan Germanic ideology (Old English had giefeðe in this sense). The modern sense of "what is given, known facts" is from 1879. Given name (1827) so called because given at baptism.

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