Definition of unresolved in US English:



  • 1(of a problem, question, or dispute) not resolved.

    ‘a number of issues remain unresolved’
    • ‘Since then thousands of unresolved disputes between the insured and their insurers have been referred to the Insurance Ombudsman and settled.’
    • ‘The Middle East is already afflicted with the unresolved problems of the fate of the Palestinians in a dispute that stems largely from religious discord.’
    • ‘The clash of ideas, approaches and agendas represented in the figures of Keating and Howard is unresolved, and the election is part of the continuing campaign to sort it all out.’
    • ‘The new management's first task in preparing the ground was to rake through a big file of unresolved customer complaints.’
    • ‘The thousand-year nuclear waste question remains an unresolved problem with unforeseeable permanent costs.’
    • ‘The introduction of such a coefficient will make it possible to resolve a number of as yet unresolved problems in financing military science.’
    • ‘The union claims both sides are close on salary issues but mandatory overtime and understaffing questions are unresolved.’
    • ‘One of the big unresolved questions is how global warming will affect the whisky industry.’
    • ‘Social welfare is also affected by the unresolved problem of unemployment due to the lingering economic crisis, which has yet to be fully worked out.’
    • ‘Mysteries and unresolved questions are a part of real life, and so it's OK for them to exist in novels.’
    • ‘But the real and unresolved question is whether the global price will be too high.’
    • ‘If the dispute is unresolved following the one-day action, the unions' next action is suspected to be a day of protest, including demonstrations in August.’
    • ‘Other unresolved questions focus on the consistency of findings across cultures.’
    • ‘I suspect that he also gets a charge out of these last-minute crises, all acted out before the world's media, even if they are unresolved.’
    • ‘This claim is inconclusive as we may very well be required to do empirical research to settle an unresolved question of fact upon which the theories disagree.’
    • ‘According to the last media reports, the public sector pay dispute is still unresolved.’
    • ‘Such uncertainties may remain unresolved for several years.’
    • ‘For me the future is always open, and questions are always unresolved.’
    • ‘Further, he said, this provided a point of reference for discussing any unresolved questions, if not actually resolving them.’
    • ‘And they are far too deferential to admit that all this is generated, ultimately, by petty and unresolved disputes between the Christian churches.’
    undecided, to be decided, unsettled, undetermined, pending, open, open to debate, open to question, up in the air, in doubt, doubtful, disputed
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    1. 1.1archaic (of a person) uncertain of what to think or do.
      • ‘He is unresolved whether to buy it or to spend the extra shilling on his dinner.’
      • ‘She is unresolved about which charities to include in her will.’
      • ‘He also noted that of the individuals that he had spoken with, they were unresolved as to whether Council should increase in size.’
      undecided, to be decided, unsettled, undetermined, uncertain, open, arguable, debatable, unsolved, unanswered, pending, open to debate, open to question, doubtful, in doubt, borderline, moot, up in the air, indefinite, inconclusive, unconfirmed, confused, problematic, vexed, ambiguous, equivocal, vague, in limbo, in a state of limbo, in a state of uncertainty, ongoing, incomplete
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