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Unlocked, Unlatched and Open :

Many people refer to doors as being “open” when they mean to say they are merely unlocked.

Telling people to leave a house open may mislead them into making the place more inviting to casual intruders than you intend if you really only want it to be unlocked.

And you may unnecessarily alarm the driver if you report from the back seat of a car that one of the doors is open when you mean that it is merely unlatched.

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