Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not acted; not performed; not executed.
  • [Often used with on or upon, then signifying not affected (by): as, a metal unacted upon by an acid.

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  • adjective Not acted upon.

Etymologies

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un- +‎ acted

Examples

  • First up, the breaking news: On the eve of a memorial for 13 people massacred at Fort Hood, Texas, we have new information about their alleged killer and his ties to a notorious recruiter for global jihad, sobering new questions, as well, about warning signs that may have gone unacted on.

    CNN Transcript Nov 9, 2009

  • But even if we do now begin to make good on our word-the unacted-upon American words that have come out of an endless series of these conferences over the past several years-the Bosnia-conference phenomenon will rate two paragraphs in history of its own.

    The Conference Dodge

  • Sooner murder an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires.

    The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

  • So if you happen to be nursing any unacted desires, now would be the time.

    PodCastle » 2008 » September

  • So if you happen to be nursing any unacted desires, now would be the time.

    PodCastle » PodCastle Miniature 012: The Fable of the Tyrannosaurus Rex

  • Sooner murder an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires.

    The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

  • One Charlie died offpage, an infant in his crib (calling to mind William Blake's proverb from either heaven or hell, I forget which, that it is better to murder an infant in its cradle than to nurse an unacted desire).

    ccfinlay: More Dead Charlies

  • At that she revived, like a girl in a garden in white, among roses, who came running to meet him — an unacted part.

    Between the Acts

  • Each still acted the unacted part conferred on them by their clothes.

    Between the Acts

  • She answered my reasonings more briefly, declaring with disdain, that the reason was hers; and, until I could persuade her that the past could be unacted, that maturity could go back to the cradle, and that all that was could become as though it had never been, it was useless to assure her that no real change had taken place in her fate.

    The Last Man

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