Definition of unseen in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈsiːn/


1Not seen or noticed: it seemed she might escape unseen
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  • Derelict London is a strangely beautiful gallery of the obscure and unseen places in the great capital - one of the most original and talked about sites of 2004.
  • And there was all that talk of war, war against an invisible enemy, an unseen speck on a parched landscape.
  • Fresh blood covered the face from unseen wounds.
1.1Not foreseen or predicted: unseen problems
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  • All financial institutions offer payment protection on loans to cover any unseen loss in earning power.
  • Prices reflect what must be charged to cover the unseen costs of safety precautions.
  • Still, any unseen problems with the exterior of the home can be covered by a contingency clause at sale.
1.2chiefly British (Of a passage for translation in a test or examination) not previously read or prepared.
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  • This paper will contain two seen and two unseen passages of classical Persian prose for translation into English.
  • There will also be an unseen passage of Latin verse to be translated.
  • The examination will consist of both seen and unseen passages of both prose and poetry.


An unseen passage for translation: Latin unseens
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  • To use a dictionary in a translation paper is a different kind of test from the customary idea of unseens.
  • The volume concludes with a selection of unseens used in O-level papers.
  • Each group of ten unseens is preceded by a vocabulary of some thirty words.
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