unassisted

If your five-year-old ties his shoes unassisted, your mother might call him "little Einstein." Doing something unassisted means doing it without help.

Unassisted is an example of a word with two prefixes. The first prefix, un, means the reverse of, and in this case the second prefix, a, means at. The root word sist comes from the Latin word sistere, to stand. So unassisted is another way of saying "without anyone standing by to help."

Definitions of unassisted
  1. adjective
    unsupported by other people
    synonyms: single-handed, unbacked
    unsupported
    not sustained or maintained by nonmaterial aid
  2. adjective
    lacking help
    Synonyms:
    naked
    (of the eye or ear e.g.) without the aid of an optical or acoustical device or instrument
    unaided
    carried out without aid or assistance
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    Antonyms:
    aided, assisted
    having help; often used as a combining form
    motor-assisted
    relying on an engine for propulsion in addition to muscle power
    power-assisted
    supplementing or replacing manual effort
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