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involved

[in-volvd] /ɪnˈvɒlvd/
adjective
1.
very intricate or complex:
an involved reply.
2.
implicated:
involved in crime.
3.
concerned in some affair, especially in a way likely to cause danger or unpleasantness:
I didn't call the police because I didn't want to get involved.
4.
committed or engaged, as in a political cause or artistic movement:
The civil rights demonstration attracted the involved young people of the area.
Origin of involved
1600-1610
1600-10; involve + -ed2
Related forms
involvedly
[in-vol-vid-lee, -volvd-] /ɪnˈvɒl vɪd li, -ˈvɒlvd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
involvedness, noun
noninvolved, adjective
uninvolved, adjective
Synonyms
1. complicated, knotty, tangled, perplexing.
Antonyms
1. simple.
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  • The more I defended Willy, the more Willy would talk in order to protect his uninvolved friends.

    Jack of No Trades Charles Cottrell
  • He meant to look as uninvolved as the duke, but it was not quite within his power.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • I knocked again and had time to wonder if we'd find ourselves explaining things to some uninvolved stranger.

    The Door Through Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • The kidneys, in cases which have continued some time, are apt to be hypermic and enlarged, although primarily they are uninvolved.

  • This pampered minion surveyed me with the innocent malice of an uninvolved nonhuman for merely human intrigues.

    The Door Through Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
British Dictionary definitions for uninvolved

uninvolved

/ˌʌnɪnˈvɒlvd/
adjective
1.
not included or involved: uninvolved bystanders

involved

/ɪnˈvɒlvd/
adjective
1.
complicated; difficult to comprehend: an involved literary style
2.
(usually postpositive) concerned or implicated: one of the men involved
3.
(euphemistic) (postpositive) foll by with. having sexual relations: she was involved with a number of men
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Word Origin and History for uninvolved

involved

adj.

"complicated," 1640s, past participle adjective from involve.

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