Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having no diacritical mark. Used of a word, syllable, or letter.
  • adjective Having weak stress or no stress, as in pronunciation or metrical rhythm.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not accented; in music, receiving only a relatively slight rhythmical emphasis: used both of beats, pulses, or parts of measures, and of tones or notes that occur on such beats or parts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of a word, having no diacritical mark; accentless.
  • adjective Of a vowel or syllable, pronounced with no, or little stress.

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

  • adjective (used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress
  • adjective used of syllables

Etymologies

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un- +‎ accented

Examples

  • The time-travel scenes are unconvincing: Will runs into a Viking who speaks by grunting noncommittally and runs into some seventeenth-century Brits who speak in unaccented modern English.

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  • The time-travel scenes are unconvincing: Will runs into a Viking who speaks by grunting noncommittally and runs into some seventeenth-century Brits who speak in unaccented modern English.

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  • When Fallows visited their home, he found adults returning from their daily commutes and children discussing their day’s studies in unaccented American English.

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  • When Fallows visited their home, he found adults returning from their daily commutes and children discussing their day’s studies in unaccented American English.

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  • Now India isn’t waiting, it is doing the more valuable mental work – in unaccented English.

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  • An answer-word cannot start with an unaccented syllable.

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  • I'll tell you we did not allow answers like bamboo and review because they start with unaccented syllables, so those didn't count.

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  • And the reason why he has such a great following in the West, more generally, is he speaks unaccented English, and he has sort of these touchstones, these cultural touchstones that he's able to reach out and grab people with.

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  • Ms. BLOOM: And he spoke completely unaccented English, was very charismatic, and I think that that in itself explains part of the difference between Gadahn and Awlaki.

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  • Ms. BLOOM: And he spoke completely unaccented English, was very charismatic, and I think that that in itself explains part of the difference between Gadahn and Awlaki.

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