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

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


verb (used with object)
  1. to break or remove the seal of; open, as something sealed or firmly closed: to unseal a letter; to unseal a tomb.
  2. to free from constraint, as a person's thought, speech, or behavior: Their friendship unsealed her vivacity.
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Origin of unseal

1375–1425; late Middle English unselen; see un-2, seal1
Related formsun·seal·a·ble, adjective
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open, free, remove

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British Dictionary definitions for unsealed


  1. not sealed
  2. Australian and NZ (of a road) surfaced with road metal not bound by bitumen or other sealant
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verb (tr)
  1. to remove or break the seal of
  2. to reveal or free (something concealed or closed as if sealed)to unseal one's lips
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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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