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unattended

[uhn-uh-ten-did] /ˌʌn əˈtɛn dɪd/
adjective
1.
without attendance; lacking an audience, spectators, etc.:
an unattended meeting.
2.
not accompanied; not associated with, as a concomitant effect or result:
a flash of lightning unattended by thunder.
3.
not cared for or ministered to:
unattended patients; an unattended injury.
4.
not taken in charge; not watched over:
an unattended switchboard.
5.
not accompanied, as by an attendant or companion; alone:
The queen was unattended.
6.
unheeded; not listened to; disregarded:
unattended warning signals.
7.
not tended to; not done or carried out, as a task (usually followed by to):
He left his studies unattended to.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; un-1 + attend + -ed2
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  • It is not uncommon to see unattended bags sitting in public places.
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  • 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

unattended

/ˌʌnəˈtɛndɪd/
adjective
1.
not looked after or cared for
2.
unaccompanied or alone
3.
not listened to
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Word Origin and History for unattended
adj.

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

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