unmarked: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (un-märkt'), [key]
— adj.
  1. not marked.
    1. characterized by the absence of a distinctive phonological feature, as (p), which, in contrast to (b), lacks the distinctive feature of voicing.
    2. characterized by the absence of a grammatical marker, as the singular in English in contrast to the plural, which is typically marked by an -s ending.
    3. neutral with regard to an element of meaning specified by a semantically related item.
    4. occurring more typically than an alternative form. Cf.marked(def. 4).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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