[ uhn-trahyd ]
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  1. not tried; not attempted, proved, or tested: Insurance may not cover the cost if cheaper treatments exist or newer treatments are untried and unproven.

  2. lacking the knowledge, skill, or wisdom gained from experience; inexperienced: No contender is going to use an untried rookie in the last month of a playoff race when they have players with much more experience available.

  1. not yet tried at law: He was imprisoned—uncharged and untried—solely for political reasons.

Origin of untried

First recorded in 1520–30; un-1 + tried

Words Nearby untried

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How to use untried in a sentence

  • And just as he should not be the first to take up an untried word, so the young writer should not be the last to drop a dead one.

    English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
  • All untried as we are with such waters, the moments are filled with intense anxiety.

  • Most old books have now been ferreted out, and perhaps the only earths yet untried are in the Yezidi villages of the Sinjar.

    The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
  • Bob Croaker was a noted fighter, Martin Rattler was, up to this date, an untried hero.

    Martin Rattler | R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for untried


/ (ʌnˈtraɪd) /

  1. not tried, attempted, or proved; untested

  2. not tried by a judge or court

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