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[uhn-seen] /ʌnˈsin/
not seen; unperceived; unobserved; invisible.
recognized or comprehended without prior study, as a written text or musical score.
Origin of unseen
1150-1200; Middle English unsene, unsehene; see un-1, seen Unabridged
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  • He finds a magnificent palace, where he is splendidly guested by unseen hands, and at last conducted to a gorgeous bedchamber.

  • There was a stir on the island, while we were in the water, but we all got ashore, safe and unseen.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • They reached a position, whence, unseen themselves, they could command a long reach of the river.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • But the warning voice from that unseen bridge disconcerted her.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • Now I grew stronger, and the fear of the unseen was no longer on me, and I battled onward with wind and snow for a long way.

    A Prince of Cornwall Charles W. Whistler
British Dictionary definitions for unseen


not observed or perceived; invisible
(of passages of writing) not previously seen or prepared
(mainly Brit) a passage, not previously seen, that is presented to students for translation
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Word Origin and History for unseen

early 13c., from un- (1) "not" + seen. Cf. Old English ungesewen, Middle Dutch ongesien, Dutch ongezien, Old High German ungesëhan, German ungesehen, Old Norse usenn.

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