non·​clas·​si·​fied ˌnän-ˈkla-si-ˌfīd How to pronounce nonclassified (audio)
: not classified
nonclassified information

Examples of nonclassified in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From weapons development to diplomatic negotiations, and from code-breaking projects to scientific research, the postwar American government produced more classified information than nonclassified information by several orders of magnitude. Brian Hochman, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2023 Another complex question could be the defense’s demand to see classified evidence seized in the case, and the lengthy process for the government to clear versions of such evidence for public release or prepare nonclassified summaries. Spencer S. Hsu, David Ovalle, Jacqueline Alemany and Josh Dawsey, The Washington Post, Anchorage Daily News, 13 June 2023 According to government court findings, the FBI recovered more than 300 classified documents and thousands of nonclassified government materials from Mar-a-Lago. Arkansas Online, 15 Jan. 2023 More conflict followed, this time related to the scanning and processing of nonclassified government records that were seized. Arkansas Online, 30 Sep. 2022 Trump’s lawyers would then review the nonclassified documents and decide which should be shielded from criminal investigators because of attorney-client or executive privilege. Devlin Barrett, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2022 At the time, the press was all too happy to blame Bill Clinton for his wife’s loss when Mr. Comey, for nonclassified consumption, cited Mr. Clinton’s tarmac meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch as the reason for his intervention. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonclassified was in 1852

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“Nonclassified.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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