Words nearby unheeded
What does unheeded mean?
Unheeded means disregarded or ignored, despite having been heard or noted.
An unheeded warning is one that was given and heard but ignored.
To heed something is to listen to it, pay careful attention to it, or otherwise observe or acknowledge it in some way—and often to take action on it.
To heed a warning is to listen to it and do what it says to do (or not do what it says not to do). To heed a request is honor it—to do what is requested. To heed calls for reform is to acknowledge them, and, sometimes, to actually follow through and make reforms.
Unheeded is often paired with the verb go, as in Don’t let her advice go unheeded or My requests have gone unheeded.
Example: I’m sure it will be one of my many unheeded requests—no one does what I ask them around here.
Where does unheeded come from?
The first records of the word unheeded come from the 1600s. The base word, heed, is first recorded from before 900. It comes from the Old English word hēdan, which is related to the German hüten, meaning “to guard” or “to protect.” The prefix un- means “not.”
Today, unheeded can sometimes sound old-fashioned, and terms like ignored and disregarded are more commonly used. However, unheeded is perhaps more likely than disregarded and ignored to appear before a noun, as in unheeded warnings. (You could say disregarded warnings, but you’d more likely say warnings that were disregarded.)
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How is unheeded used in real life?
Unheeded is especially used in the context of warnings, advice, requests, and calls for some kind of action that were ignored.
And lack of lifeboats. Unheeded warnings and lack of preparation. Hubris and history repeat. https://t.co/vIEvOlacdD
— Craig Sherman @🏠🌊🌊🌊 (@craigpsherman) April 13, 2020
A majority of state legislatures across the country are considering strengthening sexual harassment policies that have gone unheeded or unchanged for years. https://t.co/RiPUdbTpQ3 pic.twitter.com/wW0Moxmfpo
— The Christian Science Monitor (@csmonitor) January 12, 2018
To date, our calls for independent investigations have gone unheeded. Perpetrators cannot be investigators, judges & juries. #UNSC
— MSF International (@MSF) May 3, 2016
Try using unheeded!
Which of the following terms is NOT a synonym of unheeded?
How to use unheeded in a sentence
Shouts came from the rear of the crowd for “no violence,” shouts that went largely unheeded.
The warning seemed to go unheeded, as Leno continued his NBC assault.It's Official: Jay Leno's Out at 'Tonight,' Jimmy Fallon Is In|Marlow Stern|April 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Teles' essay is important - even if its own argument explains why its powerful message is likely to go unheeded.
Her prescience and her instincts go unheeded, and the damage that she causes threatens to consume her altogether.‘Homeland’ and ‘The Good Wife’ Season Premieres: Review|Jace Lacob|September 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It has become part of the unheeded architecture of the everyday.Geoff Dyer's 'The Missing of the Somme' Reconsidered|Louisa Thomas|November 11, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The Marshal's political suggestions were unheeded and his military plans overridden.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
A policeman's authority is never questioned in England and his raised hand is a signal that never goes unheeded.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car|Thomas D. Murphy
Friendly warnings are unheeded; and if force be used to prevent the meetings, the couple may think of eloping.The value of a praying mother|Isabel C. Byrum
And, in the way of mourning women, things that Uncle James had said which had passed unheeded came back to her.The Amazing Interlude|Mary Roberts Rinehart
For all that, an occasional mutter came unheeded to his ears, the closed curtains preserving articulate sounds like room walls.Cabin Fever|B. M. Bower