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unsaid1

[uhn-sed] /ʌnˈsɛd/
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of unsay.

unsaid2

[uhn-sed] /ʌnˈsɛd/
adjective
1.
not said; thought but not mentioned or discussed; unstated:
It was best left unsaid.
Origin of unsaid2
1000
before 1000; Middle English unsa(i)d, Old English unsǣd; see un-1, said1

unsay

[uhn-sey] /ʌnˈseɪ/
verb (used with object), unsaid, unsaying.
1.
to withdraw (something said), as if it had never been said; retract.
Origin
1425-75; late Middle English unsayen. See un-2, say1
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  • The words which had been wrung from her by the extremity of his peril must be regarded as unsaid.

    A Veldt Official Bertram Mitford
  • I had said it, unfortunately, and it could not be unsaid now without many explanations.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Now, it was Marble, and not I, who made this speech; and yet I heartily wished it unsaid.

    Afloat And Ashore James Fenimore Cooper
  • Masses were unsaid, churches had been stripped of their ornaments.

  • Because I lose a chance if I leave it unsaid; and you differ so widely from most girls—it may not provoke you.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • For weal or woe, he could not go back and leave them unsaid.

    Uncle Terry Charles Clark Munn
  • Words of love remained unspoken, but the heart of each was full of that which was unsaid.

  • But the language of the eye, they say, is not always to be depended on; so take it as unsaid.

    Serapis, Complete Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for unsaid

unsaid

/ʌnˈsɛd/
adjective
1.
not said or expressed; unspoken

unsay

/ʌnˈseɪ/
verb -says, -saying, -said
1.
(transitive) to retract or withdraw (something said or written)
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Word Origin and History for unsaid
adj.

Old English unsæd, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of say. Cf. Middle Dutch ongeseit, German ungesagt, Old Norse usagðr.

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