Definition of unrecognized in English:


(British unrecognised)


  • 1Not identified from previous encounters or knowledge.

    ‘she was able to wander about the village unrecognized’
    • ‘Suddenly a little head popped up in the grass, unrecognised by my more knowledgeable friend.’
    • ‘But a third possibility, he said, is that both viruses work together in a previously unrecognized way.’
    • ‘With a generic instrument, previously unrecognized adverse effects may be detected and comparisons can be made across patient populations.’
    • ‘Once the drug is marketed, reports of any previously unrecognized side effects are monitored by the FDA.’
    • ‘A few previously unrecognized linkages were discovered.’
    • ‘It also points to a previously unrecognized role for super-massive black holes: limiting how big a galaxy can become.’
    • ‘We also look to Tinseltown each year to watch previously unrecognized talent garner critical and commercial super-stardom.’
    • ‘As such, these specimens would warrant further examination as possible representatives of new, previously unrecognized species.’
    • ‘In the absence of a framework of belief in reincarnation, memories of previous lives may go unrecognized or unacknowledged.’
    • ‘New evidence may identify as important outcomes that were previously unappreciated or wholly unrecognised.’
    • ‘Here's how to identify your unrecognized emotional roadblocks and get past them’
    • ‘We also assessed the cardiovascular risk profile of patients diagnosed as having diabetes as a result of screening to see whether we were identifying a previously unrecognised high risk population.’
    • ‘It is possible that we will identify still unrecognized clinical consequences in patients without symptoms of asthma and with AHR.’
    • ‘Just simply looking does not teach very much, but looking with the knowledge of what to look for opens up a previously unrecognized world.’
    • ‘Our purpose here is to identify a previously unrecognized problem that could lead to incorrect interpretation of observed patterns of abundance.’
    • ‘The only other explanation for the finding would be the previously unrecognized existence of a resident northern population.’
    • ‘New analyses of old seismic data have unveiled a previously unrecognized type of earthquake - quakes created by brief surges of massive glaciers.’
    • ‘New techniques of analysis are continually uncovering previously unrecognized details about the internal anatomy and growth patterns of dinosaurs.’
    • ‘This bodes well for its use in mutating genes and for identifying unrecognized genes in places of the genome that have been especially difficult to sequence.’
    • ‘Many advocates suggest that we are now only beginning to discover the extent of previously unrecognised learning disabilities.’
    little known, unknown, unheard of, undistinguished, insignificant, unimportant, inconsequential, inconspicuous, unnoticed, nameless, anonymous, minor, humble, lowly, unrenowned, unsung, unhonoured, inglorious, forgotten
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  • 2Not acknowledged as valuable or valid.

    ‘their contribution often goes unrecognized’
    • ‘They will not die unknown and unrecognized, lost in history.’
    • ‘He was unknown, almost completely unrecognised and was losing faith in his vocation.’
    • ‘The latter organization formed precisely because Powell and other community leaders thought their work too often goes unrecognized.’
    • ‘That he committed suicide in 1989, an unknown, unrecognised old man, only to have his work finally ‘discovered’ in 1990, is almost unbearable.’
    • ‘Today, their heroism goes largely unknown and unrecognized.’
    • ‘Guma is also keen to acknowledge the unrecognised contribution of ordinary women in the life of Sophiatown and the forced removals of 50 years ago.’
    • ‘Unca will also present its annual Citizen of the World Awards, which honour previously unrecognised efforts on behalf of humanity.’
    • ‘Fortunately, though long unrecognized and unappreciated by the mainstream, there is a good framework for understanding the Japanese boom and bust.’
    • ‘Frequently unsung and unrecognized he personally risked all for his fellow Jews.’
    • ‘His previously unrecognised role in the war effort has come to light in a book - Horsforth at War - published to mark the 60th anniversary of VE Day.’
    • ‘The unit will also host a series of workshops and conferences to develop an awards scheme for previously unrecognised academic work on security issues.’
    • ‘Hers is the plight of thousands of transsexuals across the UK, many of whom have undergone years of torment, therapy and surgery, only to have their new identities unrecognised in law.’
    • ‘A poet whose work is unrecognized or unappreciated by academic readers and institutions.’
    • ‘But what we do in my community goes largely unrecognized.’
    • ‘The WASPs were unappreciated and their contributions unrecognized.’
    • ‘The death of President Mohamed Ibrahim Egal in May 2002 put back in jeopardy the autonomous but unrecognized state of Somaliland.’
    • ‘This figure is 90 per cent lower than sales during the communist, years when weapons were sold to unrecognized governments and rebel armies around the world.’
    • ‘Her excellence with the stick, for both club Hermes and Ireland, has gone relatively unrecognised beyond the hockey fraternity.’
    • ‘Obviously, this was well-deserved (her winning, not my genius going unrecognized, of course).’
    • ‘The awards have been launched to recognise those people and companies that really care about their customers. The idea is to reward the often unknown and unrecognised champions of customer excellence.’
    unremembered, out of mind, gone clean out of someone's mind, past recollection, beyond recall, past recall, consigned to oblivion, obliterated, blotted out, buried, left behind, bygone, past, gone, lost, irrecoverable, irretrievable
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