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unacknowledged

adjective
     
un‧ac‧knowl‧edged
1 ignored or not noticed:
Unacknowledged anger can often cause problems in later life.
2 not receiving the public thanks, praise, or reward that something deserves:
Women's work in the home tends to be both unpaid and unacknowledged.
3

the unacknowledged leader/authority etc

S someone who is a leader etc but who has not publicly or officially been given that position

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