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Definition of "unstressed" []

  • Linguistics Not stressed or accented: an unstressed syllable. (adjective)
  • Not exposed or subjected to stress. (adjective)
  • Carrying relatively little stress; unemphasized (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Of, relating to, or denoting the weakest accent in a word or breath group, which in some languages, such as English or German, is also associated with a reduction in vowel quality to a centralized (i) or (a) (adjective)
  • (of a syllable in verse) having no stress or accent (adjective)

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Use "unstressed" in a sentence
  • "Easy winters and plentiful food result in unstressed bucks that tend to hold antlers longer."
  • "Gabe dw: I only have a weak separation between [ɪ] and [ə] in unstressed syllables, so have trouble telling them apart."
  • "If man is a stressed syllable, the word feels less neutral than if man is an unstressed syllable (spokesMAN vs. SPOKESman)."