[ uhn-seeld ]
/ ʌnˈsild /


not sealed; not stamped or marked with a seal: unsealed cargo.
not shut or closed with or as if with a seal: an unsealed letter; an unsealed crate.
not verified, certain, or confirmed: His fate was still unsealed.


Nearby words

  1. unscreened,
  2. unscrew,
  3. unscripted,
  4. unscrupulous,
  5. unseal,
  6. unseam,
  7. unsearchable,
  8. unseasonable,
  9. unseasonably,
  10. unseasonal

Origin of unsealed

1350–1400; Middle English unseled; see un-1, seal1, -ed2


[ uhn-seel ]
/ ʌnˈsil /

verb (used with object)

to break or remove the seal of; open, as something sealed or firmly closed: to unseal a letter; to unseal a tomb.
to free from constraint, as a person's thought, speech, or behavior: Their friendship unsealed her vivacity.

Origin of unseal

1375–1425; late Middle English unselen; see un-2, seal1

Related formsun·seal·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for unsealed


/ (ʌnˈsiːld) /


not sealed
Australian and NZ (of a road) surfaced with road metal not bound by bitumen or other sealant


/ (ʌnˈsiːl) /

verb (tr)

to remove or break the seal of
to reveal or free (something concealed or closed as if sealed)to unseal one's lips
Derived Formsunsealable, adjective

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Word Origin and History for unsealed



early 15c., from un- (2) + seal (v.). Cf. Middle Dutch ontsegelen, Old High German intsigilan. Related: Unsealed (late 14c.).

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