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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Just three days into the new school year, the Wauwatosa School District had to deal with an unauthorized person gaining entrance into one of the district’s schools. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man wearing construction vest gains unauthorized access into Lincoln Elementary in Wauwatosa during school day," 11 Sep. 2019 The resident provided some financial information and then noticed an unauthorized cash withdrawal on one of the accounts. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Northbrook resident reports burglar inside home following dog barking: Police," 10 Sep. 2019 We were both charged with violations related to an unauthorized but overwhelmingly peaceful crowd calling out police misconduct outside police headquarters on June 21. Joshua Wong, Quartz, "How to fight for democracy when the government keeps throwing you in jail," 3 Sep. 2019 The victim further advised the suspect had already used her credit card to make unauthorized purchases. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 16 Sep. 2019 Several credit cards had been taken from inside the vehicle and were used to make unauthorized purchases. Brian L. Cox, chicagotribune.com, "Blotter: 2 bikes reported stolen in Winnetka," 16 Sep. 2019 During a 10-week test period, the company helped customs agents catch 55 unauthorized border crossers. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Secretive Defense Tech Startup Anduril Reaches Unicorn Status: Term Sheet," 12 Sep. 2019 According to a Coastal Commission staff report, the unauthorized path runs through sensitive habitat subject to disturbance by mountain bikers. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "Coastal Commission OKs habitat restoration plan for Laguna Beach preserve that will close unauthorized trail," 12 Sep. 2019 New York state health officials on Thursday pointed to vitamin E acetate, an unauthorized additive in some marijuana vape pods, as a focus of their investigation. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Is Vaping Marijuana Safe? Deaths and Lung Disease Linked to E-Cigs Call That Into Question," 6 Sep. 2019

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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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