Definition of undesired in US English:



  • (especially of an act or consequence) not wanted or desired.

    ‘undesired effects were reported in 12 of 19 patients in the group’
    • ‘The numerous flashes from the photographers' cameras were adding undesired lighting effects to their rehearsal.’
    • ‘Private accounts accomplish the desired goals but eliminate most of the undesired consequences.’
    • ‘Other adverse or undesired results of vaccination usually appeared in the first day or so after vaccination.’
    • ‘Sorry boys, but such undesired attention is hardly the thing that drives a woman's choice of what to wear each morning!’
    • ‘My grandfather would eventually succumb to lung cancer, an undesired side effect of his spending eight years working in a coal mine.’
    • ‘However, the undesired effects of chemical pesticides have been recognized as a serious public health concern during the past decades.’
    • ‘Just using the official exchange rate is no option and purchasing power parity also results in undesired influences of import prices on the outcomes.’
    • ‘This point was backed by Professor Williams who is also concerned that extreme approaches to diet could have undesired side-effects.’
    • ‘A society that cannot accept the concept of luck is one that seeks to attach blame to every undesired outcome.’
    • ‘Basing a policy on the concept of risk limitation opens the possibility of weighing the desired and undesired effects of policy measures against one another.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, this week you're especially liable to interpret well-meant advice, cautionary tales or even offers of aid as undesired meddling.’
    • ‘Modeling the technique in training sessions and in on-site situations will help staffers successfully deal with camp problems such as undesired behavior.’
    • ‘Some undesired effects could be a scratchy throat, coughing, or a tight feeling in the throat.’
    • ‘Failure to follow technical data will always result in an undesired outcome.’
    • ‘Altering the dosage or switching to a similar medication that lacks the unwanted toxic effect can minimize undesired effects.’
    • ‘The aim of the protective tariff is to undo the undesired consequences of the rise in domestic costs of production caused by government interference.’
    • ‘Apparently, the running start he made before he jumped had had the undesired effect of propelling him a fraction too far to the side.’
    • ‘The parts of the web interact and co-evolve, and changing one part may have undesired consequences for another.’
    • ‘Furthermore, understanding the processes leading to the loss of knowledge might help design projects countering these undesired effects.’
    • ‘Every spring, people across the country purchase vast quantities of toxic chemicals and spray them on lawns and gardens to remove undesired insects and weeds like pesky dandelions.’
    unwelcome, undesirable, unpopular, unfortunate, unlucky, unfavourable, untoward, too bad
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