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

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

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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


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un- +‎ accented


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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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  • 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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  • And I said an answer word cannot start with an unaccented syllable.

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  • Yes, the characters in the cartoons had Asian names and whatnot, but almost all of them spoke in unaccented American English, with American mindsets and American colloquialisms.

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  • Except for Mako's Iroh and that Indian guru who shows up out of nowhere, and a few others, most of the characters spoke unaccented American standard.

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