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1. Lacking backing or support.
2. Not having a back.
3. Never having been ridden, as a horse.
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1. (of a book, chair, etc) not having a back
2. bereft of support, esp on a financial basis
3. (Horse Racing) (of a horse)
a. not supported by bets
b. never having been ridden
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1. without backing or support.
2. not endorsed.
3. (of a horse) never having been ridden.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unbacked - unsupported by other peopleunbacked - unsupported by other people    
unsupported - not sustained or maintained by nonmaterial aid; "unsupported accusations"
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[ˈʌnˈbækt] ADJsin respaldo (Fin) → al descubierto
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