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unacknowledged

If something's unacknowledged, it hasn't been recognized or made public, like your unacknowledged fear of the dark — it exists, but you've never admitted or even spoken about it.

Unacknowledged things have been ignored or disregarded. And it's the same when a person is unacknowledged: she deserves to be recognized for some accomplishment or quality, but she hasn't been praised for it. A brilliant artist who isn't able to sell many paintings might be an unacknowledged genius, for example. This word comes from acknowledge, a combination of the Middle English aknow, "show one's knowledge," and knowlechen, "admit."

Definitions of unacknowledged
  1. adjective
    not openly acknowledged
    “an unacknowledged emergency”
    Synonyms:
    undeclared
    not announced or openly acknowledged
  2. adjective
    not recognized or admitted
    Synonyms:
    unappreciated, unsung, unvalued
    having value that is not acknowledged
    secret, unavowed
    not openly made known
    unconfessed
    not admitted
    unrecognised, unrecognized
    not recognized
    unknown
    not known
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    Antonyms:
    acknowledged
    recognized or made known or admitted
    accepted, recognised, recognized
    generally approved or compelling recognition
    self-confessed
    owned up to
    assumptive
    accepted as real or true without proof
    declarable
    that must be declared
    given, granted
    acknowledged as a supposition
    putative
    purported; commonly put forth or accepted as true on inconclusive grounds
    known
    apprehended with certainty
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