from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not sustained; not maintained, upheld, or supported.

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  • adjective Not sustained.


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  • "Opinions are worthless if unsustained by expertise and verifiable facts," she wrote.

    Tina Brown's Newsweek Relaunch Hits Newsstands Monday Russell Adams 2011

  • But what military surges teach us is that repeated but unsustained efforts can make things worse.

    Suddenly the state is back in vogue at Number 10. But for how long? | Will Hutton 2011

  • There her manner of singing is described as "infantine and unsustained," characterized by a continual "effort to do that which, in fact, from natural qualifications, she could do without any effort at all."

    Cast and Characters 2008

  • While there has been some human-to-human spread of H5N1, it has been limited, inefficient and unsustained.

    Bird flu 2008

  • The spread of avian influenza viruses from one ill person to another has been reported very rarely, and has been limited, inefficient and unsustained.

    Bird flu 2008

  • I bore up with her; (a thing more bitter Than bitter aloes) yet though a bitterer thing Is not, than is that drug it were more bitter To me should Patience leave me unsustained.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night 2006

  • EU officials had pushed for the raid based on what the Strasbourg court called "vague unsustained rumors" that I had supposedly bribed OLAF officials to obtain these files.

    Part of the Problem Hans-Martin Tillack 2007

  • Anything that Mr Cameron has to say on global warming, therefore, represents a belief unsustained by scientific rigour.

    Archive 2007-03-01 Helen 2007

  • What is the point of nations and states if the planet is unsustained?

    Think Progress » Bush: ‘We’ve Never Been Stay The Course’ 2006

  • And John Bold was a man to be loved by a woman; he was himself affectionate; he was confiding and manly; and that arrogance of thought, unsustained by first-rate abilities, that attempt at being better than his neighbours which jarred so painfully on the feelings of his acquaintance did not injure him in the estimation of his wife.

    Barchester Towers 2004


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