Definition of unsolved in US English:



  • Not solved.

    ‘an unsolved mystery’
    • ‘Though two companies are assisting us on this, the problem remains unsolved.’
    • ‘There are some unsolved mysteries and unusual happenings in this case.’
    • ‘It is the third arrest as part of a police operation using new DNA technology to reinvestigate unsolved sexual assaults.’
    • ‘But when it comes to London's transport system a number of mysteries remain unsolved.’
    • ‘A self-confessed optimist, he says that having unsolved problems is what makes life interesting.’
    • ‘It is an unsolved riddle which has inspired explorers and writers for nearly 80 years.’
    • ‘With medicine you always start with an unsolved medical problem.’
    • ‘Police are still trying to trace mobile phones which they believe hold the key to two unsolved murder investigations in the city.’
    • ‘Over the same period, Strathclyde had 47 detected crimes and 38 unsolved crimes.’
    • ‘With a population of just over 100,000, it has had 20 unsolved murders in the past 30 years.’
    • ‘The mystery remains unsolved, essentially, and it is up to the reader to decide which voice he or she wants to listen to.’
    • ‘The unsolved murder became a cause célèbre in Northern Ireland.’
    • ‘The largest unsolved problem for the policy-makers, however, is what to do about financial institutions.’
    • ‘Only a few nomadic tribesmen with their herds of reindeer were witnesses to a mystery that goes unsolved to this day.’
    • ‘But even with modern software tools, a number of unsolved geometric problems remain.’
    • ‘And the civil liberties issues highlighted by the information commissioner this week remain unsolved.’
    • ‘Discomfort is the major unsolved problem with protective clothing.’
    • ‘The mountain of unsolved cases would also be largely consigned to history and give so many traumatised people the peace of mind they crave.’
    • ‘Her death came in the midst of a series of unsolved disappearances and killings in the Auxerre region over the past three decades.’
    • ‘Many believed that the smooch was contrived for the camera but the identities of the sailor and the nurse have remained an unsolved mystery.’
    undecided, to be decided, unresolved, undetermined, uncertain, open, arguable, debatable, disputed, unanswered, open to debate, doubtful, in doubt, moot, up in the air, in limbo, in a state of limbo, in a state of uncertainty, indefinite, inconclusive, unconfirmed, ongoing, pending
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