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un·stressed

 (ŭn-strĕst′)
adj.
1. Linguistics Not stressed or accented: an unstressed syllable.
2. Not exposed or subjected to stress.

unstressed

(ʌnˈstrɛst)
adj
1. carrying relatively little stress; unemphasized
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics 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)
3. (Poetry) prosody (of a syllable in verse) having no stress or accent

un•stressed

(ʌnˈstrɛst)

adj.
1. without stress or emphasis, as a syllable in a word.
2. not receiving or subjected to stress.
[1880–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unstressed - not bearing a stress or accent; "short vowels are unstressed"
accented, stressed - bearing a stress or accent; "an iambic foot consists of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable as in `delay'"
Translations

unstressed

[ˈʌnˈstrest] ADJ (Ling) → átono, inacentuado

unstressed

adj (Phon) → unbetont

unstressed

[ʌnˈstrɛst] adj (syllable) → non accentato/a
References in classic literature ?
The number of unstressed syllables appears to a modern eye or ear irregular and actually is very unequal, but they are really combined with the stressed ones into 'feet' in accordance with certain definite principles.
In skin prick allergy tests they found the participants developed wheals on their arms twice as big when highly stressed as when they were unstressed.
Was it all angel-faced children whooping with joy as they opened their well-wrapped gifts, unstressed mums and helpful dads toasting each other as the turkey came out of the oven, everyone pulling crackers round a festively-decorated table and goodwill to all men (and women)?
He said: 'It is common sense for employers to look after their people because at the end of the day an unstressed employee is far more productive.
Its success is its small and immediate catchment, road links and above all the ability to park on the high street, free and unstressed with a nearby overflow car park.
The warm soil will stimulate root establishment, and the cool night air will retard foliage development so the plant remains unstressed.
Happy kids, unstressed parents and an easy journey back to Scotland.
It may cause problems in distinguishing the distinctive vowel lengths in unstressed syllables, cf.
Case Study1: reinforced concrete beams strengthening with unstressed FRP composites.
Open Competition: Maintenance devices unstressed soft starter motors
Ice Energy's IceBear (TM) replaces conventional condensing units in a typical building cooling system and shifts the air conditioning electrical power demand to off-peak hours by using water to make ice at night, when the electric grid is generally unstressed.
We can hear accents just fine, but any system of accentual verse, according to Wallace, resolves to accentual-syllabic with more or less substitution of unstressed syllables between the stresses.