[ uhn-seen ]
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  1. not seen; unperceived; unobserved; invisible.

  2. recognized or comprehended without prior study, as a written text or musical score.

Origin of unseen

1150–1200; Middle English unsene, unsehene;see un-1, seen

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British Dictionary definitions for unseen


/ (ʌnˈsiːn) /

  1. not observed or perceived; invisible

  2. (of passages of writing) not previously seen or prepared

  1. mainly British a passage, not previously seen, that is presented to students for translation

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