verb (used with object), un·sold, un·sell·ing.

to dissuade from a belief in the desirability, value, wisdom, or truth of something: He tried to unsell the public on its faith in rearmament.

Origin of unsell

First recorded in 1925–30; un-2 + sell1
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Historical Examples of unsold

  • And she looked wistfully at the unsold matches lying in her lap.

    Her Benny

    Silas Kitto Hocking

  • Nevertheless, the public did not appreciate his works, and they were unsold.

    English Painters

    Harry John Wilmot-Buxton

  • If he is an author, it does not trouble him that his books are unsold, unread, uncut.

  • Yes, here was something—the unsold articles, carefully placed in order.


    Constance Fenimore Woolson

  • If I've got any unsold I leave them at the fire-station and then they're fresh in the morning.

British Dictionary definitions for unsold



not soldquantities of unsold stock
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