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Etymology 1[edit]

un- +‎ seen


unseen ‎(comparative more unseen, superlative most unseen)

  1. Not seen or discovered.
    • 2013 June 14, Jonathan Freedland, “Obama's once hip brand is now tainted”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 1, page 18: 
      Where we once sent love letters in a sealed envelope, or stuck photographs of our children in a family album, now such private material is despatched to servers and clouds operated by people we don't know and will never meet. Perhaps we assume that our name, address and search preferences will be viewed by some unseen pair of corporate eyes, probably not human, and don't mind that much.
  2. Unskilled; inexperienced.
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Etymology 2[edit]

un- +‎ seen



  1. past participle of unsee
    What has been seen cannot be unseen.


unseen ‎(plural unseens)

  1. An examination involving material not previously seen or studied.
    I have French and Latin unseens this summer.