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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If people seem tense because of unvoiced disagreements, you may have to bring concerns out into the open.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For once, the cry ‘too little, too late’ greeting most government initiatives went unvoiced.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 answer to that unvoiced question was both understandable and reasonable, but it was also a secret that Bridget refused to divulge to anyone.’
    • ‘She executes her role as the lone family friend with a perfect unvoiced presence - her understanding of their isolation is touching.’
    • ‘Whatever other crisis there may be, it is not one of silence or unvoiced opinions, or at least not on The Readme Fray.’
    • ‘My second unvoiced thought was actually a question, and I think it's a fair one.’
    • ‘I felt as if she were reading my soul, with all the words left unsaid and all the thoughts and feelings left unvoiced.’
    • ‘In addition, family physicians learn to recognize the hesitancy of a patient who has an unvoiced concern about a ‘minor, routine surgery’.’
    • ‘No one dwelt on it, but it was an unvoiced refutation of all his arguments.’
    • ‘As she points out in her excellent introduction, here we are hearing an implicit, unvoiced apprehension about her background.’
    • ‘Now that I am not making time for that, my frustration at Cuthbertsonian values going unvoiced is manifesting itself in strange withdrawal symptoms.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘At the end of its first two nights, the Republican convention is a mix of tolerance voiced and intolerance unvoiced.’
    • ‘The response - ‘Not where I come from, pal’ - hangs, unvoiced, in the air.’
    unstated, unexpressed, unuttered, unsaid, unmentioned, unvoiced, 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.

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