verb (used with object)
to break or remove the seal of; open, as something sealed or firmly closed: to unseal a letter; to unseal a tomb.
to free from constraint, as a person's thought, speech, or behavior: Their friendship unsealed her vivacity.

1375–1425; late Middle English unselen; see un-2, seal1

unsealable, adjective
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unseal (ʌnˈsiːl)
1.  to remove or break the seal of
2.  to reveal or free (something concealed or closed as if sealed): to unseal one's lips

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from un- (2) + seal (v.). Cf. M.Du. ontsegelen, O.H.G. intsigilan. Related: Unsealed (late 14c.).
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Example sentences
So might a bid by media organizations to unseal the court records.
Plaintiffs oppose the motion and have moved to unseal the video recordings.
Appellant's pro se motion to unseal entire record and for brief time is granted in part.
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