unaffected 1[uhn-uh-fek-tid] SynonymsExamplesWord Originadjective
- free from affectation; sincere; genuine: The man showed unaffected grief at the death of his former opponent.
- unpretentious, as a personality or literary style.
Origin of unaffected 1First recorded in 1580–90; un-1 + affected2 Related formsun·af·fect·ed·ly, adverbun·af·fect·ed·ness, nounSynonyms for unaffected 1. plain, natural, simple, honest, real, unfeigned, artless; naive, guileless. unaffected 2[uhn-uh-fek-tid] adjective
- not affected, acted upon, or influenced; unchanged; unaltered: The laboratory clock remained accurate, unaffected by the explosion.
Origin of unaffected 2First recorded in 1580–90; un-1 + affected1 Synonyms for unaffected unmoved, untouched, unimpressed, unstirred. Related Words for unaffected guileless, sincere, straightforward, impassive, impervious, unconcerned, untouched, unruffled, unimpressed, unaltered, artless, candid, direct, folksy, forthright, frank, genuine, homey, ingenuous, modest Examples from the Web for unaffected Contemporary Examples of unaffected
He is proud to be an outsider, beyond reach, unaffected by the social pressures that affect normal mortals.
April 28, 2012
She exploded the mold: she was unmarried; had no children; sported flaming red hair; and spoke in a broad, unaffected accent.
February 26, 2012
Historical Examples of unaffected
But Gilder was unaffected by the attorney’s lack of satisfaction over the result.
This conduct bespeaks the most pungent and unaffected sorrow.
Francis Augustus Cox
They were pleasant, kindly, unaffected people and we enjoyed their society.
Joseph C. Lincoln
But the lady in the box had remained silent and unaffected throughout.
John Philip Sousa
“I’m very glad, too,” said the other, with unaffected sincerity.
British Dictionary definitions for unaffected unaffected 1 adjective
- unpretentious, natural, or sincere
Derived Formsunaffectedly, adverbunaffectedness, noun unaffected 2 adjective
- not affected
Word Origin and History for unaffected adj.
1580s, “not influenced, untouched in mind or feeling,” from un- (1) “not” + past participle of affect. Meaning “not adopted or assumed, genuine” is recorded from 1590s; that of “not acted upon or altered (by something)” is first attested 1830.