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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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Examples from the web for unseen
  • Nuns sang unseen beyond the altar and people flocked to hear their hidden choirs.
  • She also ponders the makeup of dark matter, unseen particles that have shaped the growth of the entire cosmos.
  • Closer to my lofty perch, a bald eagle plunges toward unseen prey in the lake's blue waters.
  • If at all possible, do not to take a place site unseen.
  • She must have been kicked unseen or brushed by a car.
  • unseen is the subsurface irrigation system, which is regulated by a high-tech on-site weather station.
  • He looked so good on paper that you could almost vote for him sight unseen.
  • If you think there's an unseen somebody or other helping you out, you're more likely to feel encouraged.
  • In the oft retailed alimony gags of the period he's the unseen presence.
  • No foot moves with firmer tread than his over that dim twilight region which lies between the seen and the unseen.
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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