Main definitions of unsub in English

: unsub1unsub2

unsub1

Pronunciation /ˈənˌsəb/

intransitive verbunsubs, unsubbing, unsubbed

[no object]informal
  • Unsubscribe.

    • ‘a month will cost you just $25 and it's easy to unsub if you decide it isn't for you’
    • ‘To avoid this problem, unsub using your old address, then resubscribe with your new email address.’
    • ‘It'd be fascinating to stop keeping up with all this: not update my sites, unsub from mailing lists, keep away from the web.’
    • ‘Yes, you should not have to unsub from something you didn't ask to get in the first place - but here again we have no choice.’
    • ‘In this way, Odeo's helpful tendrils reach out to the web and the edges blur between sites usefully, such that you can sub/unsub from podcasts in a truly distributed sense.’
    • ‘So, starting today, I'll be unsubbing from one feed a day for the rest of August.’
    • ‘I unsubbed last year after too many enclosures of piano recitals.’
    • ‘And you're right about an "anything goes" list not necessarily being "good" - I unsubbed from their list as I found it dull at the time.’
    • ‘But if you "complete" the game and will never play it again and unsub what's to lose?’
    • ‘Some are angry because they have to listen to the longer reviews (some are unsubbing).’

Origin

1990s abbreviation.

Main definitions of unsub in English

: unsub1unsub2

unsub2

Pronunciation /ˈənˌsəb/

noun

informal US
  • (in police use) a person of unknown identity who is the subject of a criminal investigation.

    • ‘putting together these insights will help police come up with a composite picture of the unsub’
    • ‘I can't tell you how many thousands and thousands of man-hours went into pursuing every lead that came in on unsub number two.’
    • ‘The FBI in its investigation concluded that “the bloody palm print located on the passenger door would have to have been left by the unsub.”’
    • ‘One of the things we began saying in some of our profiles was that the unsub—the unknown subject—would drive a policelike vehicle.’
    • ‘The FBI agents use their profiling and investigative skills to identify the unsub.’
    • ‘I guess until we catch our unsub we've got nothing to compare them with.’
    • ‘"I was just giving our murderous unsub what he wants," said Kate.’
    • ‘Unlike you, your unsub is wearing "gloves."’
    • ‘“The vic obviously let the unsub in. ”’
    • ‘Well, we're getting nowhere on this case on what little we have so I asked them to make a profile of our UNSUB.’
    • ‘"So, if you're right, then we're looking at the same unsub for Pruitt and Stein," said Brown.’
    • ‘The team travels the country on their private jet aiding local law enforcement in capturing unsubs (unknown subjects) by creating profiles of the sociopaths, psychopaths, deviants and other criminal elements.’

Origin

1960s abbreviation of unknown subject or unidentified subject.