unauthorized

adjective
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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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 Stephanie Jass, who taught at Adrian College in southern Michigan, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lenawee Circuit Court to a charge of unauthorized computer access. CBS News, "7-time "Jeopardy!" winner faces prison for snooping on her colleagues' emails," 18 June 2018 Stephanie Jass, who taught at Adrian College, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lenawee Circuit Court to a charge of unauthorized computer access. Washington Post, "Rains may help douse wildfires in region," 17 June 2018 After logging in, the unauthorized party was able to access the customer's full name, address, phone number, email address, birthday and debit or credit card number with expiration dates. Caroline Blackmon, USA TODAY, "Macy's warns customers of online data breach," 11 July 2018 What information was involved After logging in, the unauthorized party was able to access the customer's full name, address, phone number, email address, birthday and debit or credit card number with expiration dates. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Macy's warns customers of online data breach," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of unauthorized

1597, in the meaning defined above

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