un·​au·​tho·​rized | \ˌən-ˈȯ-thə-ˌrīzd \

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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That means that unauthorized service providers, small repair shops, and individuals can't completely and properly replace certain parts of new Macs. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple’s T2 chip will block some third-party repairs of new devices," 13 Nov. 2018 Diamond’s legal luck continued, and in 1999, a US appeals court declared that MP3 players didn’t violate unauthorized recording laws. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Remembering Grim Fandango: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 3 Nov. 2018 In 2014, about 275,000 babies were born to unauthorized-immigrant parents, about 7% of the four million births that year, according to a Pew Research Center report on government data. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Trump Wants to Curb Birthright Citizenship, Escalating Immigration Debate," 30 Oct. 2018 Her third book, an unauthorized biography of Estée Lauder didn't fare so well—it was released almost simultaneously with Lauder's own memoir which, along with a poor critical reception, significantly dampened sales. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The True Story of Lee Israel and the Literary Forgeries in Can You Ever Forgive Me?," 12 Sep. 2018 The manager, who resigned but agreed to repay the trust, had made personal expenses that were unauthorized, or for which there were no receipts, using a credit card issued by the nonprofit. Scott Huddleston, Houston Chronicle, "Alamo finances are in political crossfire," 2 June 2018 As a matter of law, none of the travel at issue was unauthorized. Amy Goldstein, Washington Post, "Former HHS secretary Tom Price’s air travel wasted $341,000 in government funds, watchdog says," 13 July 2018 Children's Mercy said its IT team discovered unauthorized access to multiple employee email accounts in December 2017 and January 2018. Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Children’s Mercy faces class action lawsuit over data breach affecting thousands," 10 July 2018 Stephanie Jass, who taught at Adrian College in southern Michigan, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lenawee Circuit Court to a charge of unauthorized computer access. NBC News, "'Jeopardy!' winner faces five years in prison for snooping emails," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of unauthorized

1597, in the meaning defined above

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