un·​au·​tho·​rized | \ ˌən-ˈȯ-thə-ˌrīzd How to pronounce unauthorized (audio) \

Definition of unauthorized

: not authorized : without authority or permission an unauthorized biography unauthorized communications was unauthorized to act for her husband

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Al-Bashir imposed a state of emergency in February, banning unauthorized public gatherings and granting sweeping powers to the police in efforts to quash the unrest. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Sudanese army holds 1st meeting with protesters since coup," 13 Apr. 2019 Photo: Indian Space Research Organization Space startup Swarm Technologies, which launched four tiny satellites without government approval earlier this year, has agreed to pay $900,000 to the US Treasury for the unauthorized flight. Loren Grush, The Verge, "FCC slams spaceflight company with $900,000 fine over illegal satellite launch," 20 Dec. 2018 The complaint, which was unsealed Thursday in the Northern District of California, charges Mr. Fry with one count of unauthorized disclosure of suspicious activity reports. Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, "IRS Analyst Charged With Illegally Leaking Michael Cohen’s Bank Records," 21 Feb. 2019 But that political future has been thrown into doubt amid investigations into behavior the White House was unwilling to defend, such as the unauthorized purchase of the soundproof phone booth meant to deter eavesdroppers. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandals," 5 July 2018 Millions of dollars earmarked for UAW worker training was spent on unauthorized purchases including a $365,000 red Ferrari, two solid gold fountain pens valued at $35,700, a pool and outdoor spa at Iacobelli's mansion. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Top UAW official Gary Casteel withdraws bid months before big election," 16 Apr. 2018 The Seattle newspaper says the problem is the fault of mechanics working on the plane but also quality control inspectors that monitor work and ensure nothing unauthorized is left inside an aircraft section before it is closed up. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Air Force Halts Tanker Deliveries After Finding Planes Are Full of Trash," 4 Mar. 2019 Employers across a range of industries are using artificial intelligence in a bid to curb unauthorized three-martini lunches, workday rounds of golf and other questionable write-offs hidden within employee expense reports. Angus Loten, WSJ, "AI Tool Helps Companies Detect Expense Account Fraud," 26 Feb. 2019 The issue at hand only involves unauthorized access to a handful of email accounts that were hosted by a cloud email service provider. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Thousands of sensitive emails stolen in intrusion of Republican campaign arm," 4 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of unauthorized

1597, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unauthorized was in 1597

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English Language Learners Definition of unauthorized

: without permission : not authorized

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