Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not attempted, tested, or proved.
  • adj. Law Not tried in court.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not yet tried or tested; unknown.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not tried; not attempted.
  • Not yet felt or experienced: as, untried sufferings.
  • Not subjected to trial; not tested or put to the test.
  • Unnoticed; unexamined.
  • Not having passed trial; not heard and determined in law: as, the cause remains untried.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not yet proved or subjected to testing
  • adj. not tried or tested by experience

Etymologies

From un- + try + -ed. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The fact that the world may have to face the choice between to be and not to be and the fact that it has been left to us ourselves to decide whether life or death shall prevail, make it more necessary than ever before that we choose the right way; we must not let any conceivable method remain untried in our efforts to solve international conflicts in a peaceful way.

    The Nobel Peace Prize 1957 - Presentation Speech

  • So most executives aren't going to take a chance on "untried" scribes i.e., somebody without a list of "real" -- live action -- screen credits.

    The FIRST Linkage of 2008

  • (Even some PVC salespeople) Copper wire is also better than the "new-fangled" aluminum stuff for high tension and the way we have done it before is better than any new "untried" idea.

    buried copper pipe

  • _Economist_ moralized on the "untried" character of American institutions and statesmen, the latter usually as ignorant as the

    Great Britain and the American Civil War

  • On a related note, early in her speech she got in a minor jab at those who criticize NASA for dumping Constellation in favor of "untried" commercial systems.

    Space Politics

  • When, Sir Bevil, on a morning ride, informed her that it depended entirely on her own choice, either to remain at school or make her residence in town, he received exactly the answer he had expected: for, as it is the property of young minds to exalt the idea of untried pleasures, Miss Overbury’s heart dilated with rapture at the opportunity of exchanging the dulness of a school for the variety of the capital.

    Ashton Priory

  • I have had trouble with the last Bonxie having stacked up some untried holiday crosswords - was even forced to have a bash at - whisper it - The Times - on Saturday, which incidentally was very good, so this was some relief.

    Cryptic crossword No 25,215

  • Turns out Harvey didn't like us much either, and eventually left local TV for the, at the time, untried realm of reality television, or what passed for it at the time.

    Mike Hegedus: Why Harvey Levin Should Be President of CNN

  • But previews, customary with shows untried off-Broadway or out of town, have extended for weeks since the late 1970s, and charging full price for previews alongside discount tickets is now more the custom than not.

    Barbie Zelizer: Let Broadway's Spider Man Finish What It Started

  • Last week the country of my birth, the UK, chose a coalition government made up of two younger, untried leaders over the older, experienced but less media proficient Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

    June Sarpong: The UK: No Country for Old Men

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