unstressed

[ uhn-strest ]
/ ʌnˈstrɛst /

adjective

without stress or emphasis, as a syllable in a word.
not receiving or subjected to stress, wear, etc.: the unstressed parts of a car body.

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Origin of unstressed

First recorded in 1880–85; un-1 + stress + -ed2
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British Dictionary definitions for unstressed

unstressed
/ (ʌnˈstrɛst) /

adjective

carrying relatively little stress; unemphasized
phonetics of, relating to, or denoting the weakest accent in a word or breath group, which in some languages, such as English or German, is also associated with a reduction in vowel quality to a centralized (i) or (a)
prosody (of a syllable in verse) having no stress or accent
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