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1(of a question) not asked.‘an unasked question’
unwanted, uninvited, unbidden, unrequested, unsolicitedView synonyms
- ‘‘I'm fine,’ he said, answering the unasked question.’
- ‘Oddly, the quotation answers an unasked question and makes a random plug for ‘green’ computing.’
- ‘The babies kept putting up their hands to answer unasked questions and when I'd call on one of them to answer they would yell out a random word or word related to something I'd said 10 minutes ago.’
- ‘You were about to ask her if she was ok when she answered the unasked question… ‘Right now.’’
- ‘The question is unasked by Randy Moore and leads me to my second point.’
- ‘‘Honestly, I'm not entirely sure what happened there,’ I answered his unasked question.’
- ‘Dana looks over, sees my look of confusion, and answers my unasked question.’
- ‘Bloated with unasked questions, the waiting press barely kept their restraint.’
- ‘The debaters ought to address first the unasked question of within what theoretical inquiry the issue is even relevant.’
- ‘Then there were the unasked questions about the Conservative priorities for tax cuts.’
- ‘Otherwise, this staging, full of padding and smart-aleck references, diffuses Wagner's musical power: it is an elemental drama gelded by unasked questions and a lack of ambition.’
- ‘Added to this sense of despair was the unasked question about how long women must keep demanding justice and fair play.’
- ‘‘Killer instinct,’ he replied to her unasked question.’
- ‘Immediately Ryaven knew what the conversation was about and answered the unasked question.’
- ‘Who wasn't longing for the unasked question; ‘How 'bout I walk across the room and wipe that smirk of your face?’’
- ‘I didn't respond to his unasked question, carrying everything carefully into the house and down the stairs into my new room.’
- ‘The face I'm staring into, the face that stares back with a thousand unasked questions, is my own.’
- ‘He continued, looking at his employer and answering Axler's unasked question.’
- ‘‘I'm seventeen,’ she answered to his unasked question.’
- ‘He laid his ears back, but he understood the rest of the unasked question.’
2often unasked forNot sought or requested.‘unasked-for advice’‘the memories he had poured unasked into her head’
gratuitous, unnecessary, needless, unneeded, inessentialView synonyms
- ‘There are miracles that happen every day, asked for and unasked for, deserved and undeserved.’
- ‘But passion is born and though undesirable, unasked for, unnecessary like cancer, it takes root.’
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