Definition of unattributed in English:

unattributed

adjective

  • (of a quotation, story, or work of art) not ascribed to any source; of unknown or unpublished provenance.

    ‘some of the funniest quotations are unattributed’
    ‘the information is not for use even on an unattributed basis’
    ‘most of the music is unattributed, having been passed down for centuries’
    • ‘Of course, this urge to divulge becomes problematic when, as in the Beckham case, secrets from unattributed sources are printed on a website without the merest whiff of corroborating evidence.’
    • ‘To preserve their anonymity Hatfield left his sources for the drug story unattributed; it was an omission that was to cost him a great deal.’
    • ‘After the establishment of lectern Bibles in all churches in 1538 and then the publication of the AV in 1611, the Bible was so well known that even unattributed quotations and allusions were instantly recognized.’
    • ‘Nor can it be a respect for fair quotation, which a little familiarity with that unattributed snatch from ‘a Pentagon planner’ makes abundantly clear.’
    • ‘I will deal with facts here, of course, not unattributed sources.’
    • ‘If he were the New York Times's key supplier of exclusives on that subject and, as Miller claims, was not used as an unattributed source, his name should appear in those articles.’
    • ‘For the 1893 program, however, an unattributed redrawn rendition of Williams's piece was offered, this one appearing uncaptioned.’
    • ‘But there were sources that were unattributed.’
    • ‘Is the first merely another clue to the fact that the unattributed quotation in the subsequent note is in fact from the fourth chapter of Stevenson's novel?’
    • ‘The numbers also often tend to be unattributed to any source.’
    • ‘It is leading to journalists - mainstream journalists - relying increasingly on unattributed sources.’
    • ‘Wallace has done his editing carefully, verifying the texts, dating the documents, explaining allusions, and seeking (often unsuccessfully) the sources of unattributed quotations.’
    • ‘The danger of using unattributed sources as Kurtz and so many others do, is that the veracity of the informants can not be evaluated.’
    • ‘From the first performance, however, a pas de deux by Friedrich Burgmüller was interpolated, and other unattributed additions were made in its later Russian productions.’
    • ‘She varies the size of the typeface; alternates between objective and intimate and rhapsodic registers; leaps between topics; and interweaves unattributed quotations.’
    • ‘It's unattributed, and nowhere appears in the story.’
    • ‘The latest example of this hysteria is a badly-lopsided Reuters article that contains the following gem, unattributed to any source.’
    • ‘These changes intend to clarify the use of unnamed sources and unattributed quotes.’
    • ‘Compositional studies also appear on another Florentine baroque drawing at the Fogg which has remained unattributed since its accession in 1964.’
    • ‘An influential group of Belgian surrealists claimed that it was a previously unattributed sculpture by Rene Magritte.’
    unsigned, unattested, uncredited
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Pronunciation

unattributed

/ʌnəˈtrɪbjʊtɪd/