Definition of unvoiced in English:



  • 1Not expressed in words; unuttered.

    ‘a person's unvoiced thoughts’
    • ‘An unvoiced sob now hovered behind her words, making her sound intolerably vulnerable to this new enemy, but there was nothing she could do about it.’
    • ‘If people seem tense because of unvoiced disagreements, you may have to bring concerns out into the open.’
    • ‘When he was in the room, it wasn't just that no hand went unshook; it was that no story was unheard, no serious argument unvoiced.’
    • ‘The response - ‘Not where I come from, pal’ - hangs, unvoiced, in the air.’
    • ‘His earlier poems are often concise to the point of opacity, full to the brim with emotion - yet with the source of that emotion always left unvoiced.’
    • ‘At the end of its first two nights, the Republican convention is a mix of tolerance voiced and intolerance unvoiced.’
    • ‘Whatever other crisis there may be, it is not one of silence or unvoiced opinions, or at least not on The Readme Fray.’
    • ‘The answer to that unvoiced question was both understandable and reasonable, but it was also a secret that Bridget refused to divulge to anyone.’
    • ‘In addition, family physicians learn to recognize the hesitancy of a patient who has an unvoiced concern about a ‘minor, routine surgery’.’
    • ‘As she points out in her excellent introduction, here we are hearing an implicit, unvoiced apprehension about her background.’
    • ‘No one dwelt on it, but it was an unvoiced refutation of all his arguments.’
    • ‘As usual I have made all the unvoiced, internal resolutions to start everything with a clearer mind and also as usual my mind staggers to a halt like a trolley rolling over syrup.’
    • ‘I felt as if she were reading my soul, with all the words left unsaid and all the thoughts and feelings left unvoiced.’
    • ‘My second unvoiced thought was actually a question, and I think it's a fair one.’
    • ‘She executes her role as the lone family friend with a perfect unvoiced presence - her understanding of their isolation is touching.’
    • ‘For once, the cry ‘too little, too late’ greeting most government initiatives went unvoiced.’
    • ‘Now that I am not making time for that, my frustration at Cuthbertsonian values going unvoiced is manifesting itself in strange withdrawal symptoms.’
    • ‘This necessity should not be obviated by the fact that the global media, especially during the 1990s, has tended to direct attention away from the ever-present unvoiced crises that poverty and hunger represent.’
    • ‘Her face, pale and lined, drained of life, speaks of some unvoiced tragedy, as if she's whispering to her party leadership, ‘I said all I was asked to say and still you cast me aside.’’
    • ‘The pattern of the main voiced and unvoiced agendas reveals systematic differences between how patients present in consultations with how they present in research interviews.’
    unstated, unexpressed, unuttered, unsaid, unmentioned, unarticulated, undeclared, unavowed, not spelt out, mute, silent, wordless, voiceless
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  • 2Phonetics
    (of a speech sound) uttered without vibration of the vocal cords.

    • ‘This invention presents a voicing determination algorithm for classification of a speech signal segment as voiced or unvoiced.’
    • ‘The difference between voiced and unvoiced cognate consonants in the initial position appears to be highly dependent upon voice-onset-time (VOT).’
    tacit, implicit, silent, implied, taken for granted, accepted, recognized, understood, unrecorded
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