Definition of unexploited in US English:



  • (of resources) not used to maximum benefit.

    ‘unexploited reserves of natural gas’
    • ‘Natural resources that are currently exploited are a joint competence with joint revenues; unexploited / new natural resources belong to the regions.’
    • ‘They found a muddy, uninhabited estuary surrounded by jungle, rather than the promised thriving metropolis inhabited by English-speaking, docile natives sitting on unexploited natural resources.’
    • ‘The Edinburgh company would prospect for oil and gas off the coast of Cameroon in west Africa, a promising but largely unexploited region.’
    • ‘Western Province is one of the regions in Zambia that has potential for economic development because of the array of unexploited natural resources.’
    • ‘In the near term, though, less ice means commercial fishing fleets and the oil, gas, and mining industries can access a bounty of unexploited resources, environmentalists say.’
    • ‘Hence the realm they dominate, one of the largest uniform habitats on the planet, remains unexploited and largely unexplored.’
    • ‘Should resources be exploited in the present to ensure maximum economic growth, or should they be left unexploited for future generations, even at the expense of present economic growth?’
    • ‘Iraq's large oil endowment will largely remain unexploited until a stable political environment is established in the country.’
    • ‘Other mineral resources include wolframite, gold and unexploited natural gas reserves.’
    • ‘For many years, Africa, especially the hinterland, remained unknown, unexplored and unexploited.’
    • ‘It was the abundant land and the unexploited natural resources of the New World that attracted most of the capital.’
    • ‘When combined with the as yet unexploited deposits in the Arkhangel region still further west, Russia's reserves are said to be the biggest in the world.’
    • ‘In fact, by 1990 unexploited reserves amounted to 900 billion barrels - not counting the tar shales.’
    • ‘America will need new, relatively unexploited sources of oil that can be accessed without having to deal with political obstacles.’
    • ‘The natural resource has remained relatively untouched, unexploited.’
    • ‘But even with such a high success rate, much of the state remains unexplored for gems, and most of the gemstone occurrences that have been located remain unexploited and unevaluated.’
    • ‘Locally in South Africa it could be applied to compete in the global refining market, and it could provide the technology for realising value from currently unexploited zinc deposits.’
    • ‘Exploratory fishing has located unexploited resources of demersal fish in Yemeni waters, including crimson snapper which is understood to have been well received in European markets.’
    • ‘It has reported huge unexploited oil and gas resources, but today agriculture is the backbone of the country's economy with coffee, rice and maize the main commodities.’
    • ‘He also urged people to remember that the country was very rich as it was endowed with enormous natural resources which remained unexploited.’
    unutilized, not made use of, unemployed, not in service, non-functioning
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