un-


un-
un-1
a prefix meaning "not," freely used as an English formative, giving negative or opposite force in adjectives and their derivative adverbs and nouns (unfair; unfairly; unfairness; unfelt; unseen; unfitting; unformed; unheard-of; un-get-at-able), and less freely used in certain other nouns (unrest; unemployment).
[ME un-, on-, OE; c. D on-, Goth, G un-, ON u-, o-; akin to L in-, Gk an-, a-. See A-6, AN-1, IN-3]
Syn. See in-3.
un-2
a prefix freely used in English to form verbs expressing a reversal of some action or state, or removal, deprivation, release, etc. (unbend; uncork; unfasten; etc.), or to intensify the force of a verb already having such a meaning (unloose).
[ME, OE un-, on-; c. Goth and-, D ont-, G ent-; akin to L ante, Gk antí; cf. ANTE-, ANTI-]
Note. See un-1.

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Universalium. 2010.


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