Definition of unsensational in English:



  • Not sensational or seeking to provoke interest or excitement at the expense of accuracy.

    ‘a painstaking, unsensational account of poverty in this period’
    • ‘On purely literary terms, one stands far above the rest: In clear, thoughtful, unsensational letters, he has brought his experience of working at the bankrupt energy trader to life for me.’
    • ‘Abandoned by their neglectful mother, four children are left to fend for themselves in this quiet, unsensational but minutely observed drama by Japan's Hirokazu Kore-eda.’
    • ‘The report is full of recommendations such as this: unsensational ideas that would make our railways safer.’
    • ‘In an unsensational, down-to-earth manner, this book documents remarkable improvement in many of these people.’
    • ‘Earning our trust with his neutral, unsensational tone, the author fills in the blanks without lingering over less flattering details in a lip-smacking manner.’
    • ‘Reporting on Reich's appointment has been decidedly unsensational.’
    • ‘The tone of the article was moderate, non-accusatory and unsensational, and entirely appropriate to a straight-forward and significant news story.’
    • ‘This is obviously a subject many will find distasteful; yet the way the subject is handled here is honest, moving, and entirely unsensational.’
    • ‘The narrative focuses mainly on the journey from Georgia to Philadelphia, and then from Boston to London, cultivating dramatic tension from its unsensational narrative style.’
    • ‘In an admirably restrained and unsensational piece of journalism in last Sunday's Telegraph, Olga Craig told how she had visited his mourning family to find out how it happened.’
    • ‘The contradiction in this case is that Gilligan's bombshell was initially reported in such a dozy, unsensational manner, with all those ‘erms’ and the infamous ‘probably’.’
    • ‘The more I read this diary, the more I began to trust its terse, unsensational observations, the sense it imparted of an observant man writing not to impress posterity but simply to record his own memories.’
    • ‘I certainly feel very strongly that it was genuinely in the public interest and equally strongly that it was done in a very unsensational way.’
    • ‘It's written in a deadpan and unsensational way; the effect is supremely unsettling.’
    • ‘And there are pretty unsensational reports showing that Kincaid was in the Yuma area at the right time, doing exploration work.’
    • ‘The unemployment rate and job growth numbers released Friday were so unsensational as to probably have little effect on the race.’
    • ‘It's a stunning scene, but so muted and unsensational in its presentation that you're hard put to know how to react.’
    • ‘The book is also a quiet, thoughtful, undramatic and unsensational story.’
    • ‘She gives a doggedly unsensational account of rampant, abusive teens in a company town fallen on hard times.’
    • ‘We should therefore take heart from what has largely been an unsensational, sensitive and informed approach not just to reporting events but to untangling the complex political and diplomatic background.’