[uhn-won-tid, ‐wawn‐]


not desired or needed; not wanted: My absence generated some unwanted attention.

Origin of unwanted

First recorded in 1695–1700; un-1 + want + -ed2
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Contemporary Examples of unwanted

Historical Examples of unwanted

  • They, the restless ones, the unwanted and forgotten, the survivors.

    Space Prison

    Tom Godwin

  • It seemed to him that he would be alone and unwanted always.

  • "Let us get into the carriage," said the marquis as though to chase away an unwanted idea.

  • Perhaps he, the old man, would be unwanted, would only be in the way if he went in.

    December Love

    Robert Hichens

  • It was thin with tension, and it rang in Johnny's ears with unwanted familiarity.

British Dictionary definitions for unwanted



not wanted or desiredan unwanted pregnancy
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Word Origin and History for unwanted

1690s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of want (v.).

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