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unwanted

[ uhn-won-tid, ‐wawn‐ ]
/ ʌnˈwɒn tɪd, ‐ˈwɔn‐ /
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adjective

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

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RELATED WORDS

undesirable, rejected, nonessential, unsought, redundant, superfluous

Nearby words

unviable, unvocal, unvoice, unvoiced, unwaged, unwanted, unwarped, unwarrantable, unwarranted, unwary, unwashed

Origin of unwanted

First recorded in 1695–1700; un-1 + want + -ed2
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British Dictionary definitions for unwanted

unwanted

/ (ʌnˈwɒntɪd) /

adjective

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

unwanted


adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper