unauthorized

adjective
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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Recent Examples on the Web Often outbreaks aren’t linked to classroom situations, but instead are due to unauthorized social gatherings. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Ohio colleges might have no choice but to conduct classes remotely in January, governor says," 11 Nov. 2020 On several occasions, the company has sued websites and media groups for unauthorized use of its videos. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Doug Emhoff went from being Hollywood’s go-to lawyer to America’s second gentleman," 11 Nov. 2020 Nicholas San Nicolas, 31, is facing nine criminal charges, including robbery, kidnapping, assault and unauthorized use of a vehicle. oregonlive, "Tualatin man arrested 2 months after armed kidnapping in Washington County," 22 Oct. 2020 John Fogerty is denouncing President Donald Trump's unauthorized use of his song. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "John Fogerty 'troubled' by President Trump's use of 'Fortunate Son,' issues cease and desist," 17 Oct. 2020 Fauci has also taken issue with the Trump campaign's unauthorized use of his comments in a 30-second ad. CBS News, "Watch live: Dr. Anthony Fauci and Norah O'Donnell talk COVID-19 surge and government response," 14 Oct. 2020 Cynthia Suiter, 54, is charged with two felonies: theft in office and unauthorized use of property. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati police officer arrested on theft charge," 13 Oct. 2020 University officials have issued sanctions to approximately 1,440 students, including 51 suspensions, mostly for failing to wear masks or for attending unauthorized gatherings, said spokeswoman Monica Watts. Washington Post, "One Alabama university stayed safe during the coronavirus outbreak. Another, 60 miles away, struggled.," 8 Oct. 2020 Every selection season brings a new spate of headlines about a copyright kerfuffle involving candidates' unauthorized use of songs. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Trump and ‘Hallelujah’: Why it’s so hard to stop campaigns from playing songs, even when artists object," 31 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of unauthorized

1597, in the meaning defined above

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“Unauthorized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unauthorized. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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unauthorized

adjective
How to pronounce unauthorized (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of unauthorized

: without permission : not authorized

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