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[uhn-uh-ten-did] /ˌʌn əˈtɛn dɪd/
without attendance; lacking an audience, spectators, etc.:
an unattended meeting.
not accompanied; not associated with, as a concomitant effect or result:
a flash of lightning unattended by thunder.
not cared for or ministered to:
unattended patients; an unattended injury.
not taken in charge; not watched over:
an unattended switchboard.
not accompanied, as by an attendant or companion; alone:
The queen was unattended.
unheeded; not listened to; disregarded:
unattended warning signals.
not tended to; not done or carried out, as a task (usually followed by to):
He left his studies unattended to.
Origin of unattended
1595-1605; un-1 + attend + -ed2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for unattended
  • It is not uncommon to see unattended bags sitting in public places.
  • Materials they intended to review lie unattended in their laps while they linger in the previous night.
  • The plant was a remote unattended pumped storage plant, which means it was run by remote control from another station.
  • In a land of healing miracles, neighbors must not suffer and die unattended.
  • Her insurance wouldn't cover the loss, because the jewels had been left unattended.
  • Systems would need to function nearly unattended for maximum efficiency.
  • Never leave a burning candle or fireplace fire unattended.
  • Violence erupts so regularly that the teachers are cautioned never to leave their students unattended.
  • His million-dollar house now sits forlorn and unattended, a dead spot in an expensive subdivision that was once all cornfields.
  • And at unattended tollbooths, you may get stuck if you don't have coins you can pay with instead.
British Dictionary definitions for unattended


not looked after or cared for
unaccompanied or alone
not listened to
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Word Origin and History for unattended

c.1600, "alone, unaccompanied," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of attend. Meaning "with no one in attendance" is from 1796.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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