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  • adj. Not ascertained; undetermined; unknown.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not reduced to a certainty; not made certain and definite; not certainly known.


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un- +‎ ascertained


  • Dr Timothy Lyons, a pathologist with the Department of Forensic Medicine at Newcastle, who appeared via video link, said Ms Nixon's death was 'unascertained'. The Northern Star

  • The figures include deaths described both as sudden infant deaths and those for which the cause is "unascertained" after a full investigation.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • At an initial postmortem, the verdict was "unascertained, pending further investigation".

    'I felt numb – we'd lost our little boy'

  • In any case, as “Centinel” observed, “the lust of power is so universal, that a speculative unascertained rule of construction” provided “a poor security for the liberties of the people.”


  • The scene of the preceding day had dwelt on the mind of Father Eustace, who was of that keen and penetrating cast of mind which loves not to leave unascertained whatever of mysterious is subjected to its inquiry.

    The Monastery

  • In theory at least, this brought the entire body of the common law, and an unascertained number of statutes of Parliament, into force in the forests of Michigan.

    A History of American Law

  • And, therefore, it would be far better for the subjects to transfer their rights absolutely to one man, than to bargain for unascertained and empty, that is unmeaning, terms of liberty, and so prepare for their posterity a way to the most cruel servitude.

    A Political Treatise

  • State; they commence always as experiments of unascertained value, and next after the invention of money, there is no invention has so facilitated freedom and progress as the invention of the limited liability company to do this work of trial and adventure.

    A Modern Utopia

  • But this terror of contravening an unascertained and unascertainable will, cannot coexist with reflection: it disappears with civilization, and can no more be reproduced than the fear of ghosts after childhood.

    Uncollected Prose

  • Troops thought they were being subjected to a night attack and fired into each other, killing and wounding an unascertained number of men.



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