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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Yantai Jereh allegedly knew its exports to Iran were unauthorized, according to U.S. settlement documents. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Chinese Oil-Field-Services Firm to Pay $3.4 Million to Settle Sanctions Violations," 12 Dec. 2018 Their powerful economic influence obscures another fact: Roughly 20 percent of Korean immigrants are unauthorized. Jennifer Medina, New York Times, "Awe, Gratitude, Fear: Conflicting Emotions for Korean-Americans in the Era of Trump," 10 May 2018 His presence on the lot grew — until 2013, when the city posted a notice warning him that his use of the lot was unauthorized. Grace Shallow, Philly.com, "Appeals court rules in favor of Fishtown man who fixed up city lot," 23 Apr. 2018 The issue has highlighted the fragility of major airports when presented with unauthorized drones. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Rogue Drone Sighting Shut Down All Fights at Dubai International," 15 Feb. 2019 The Pew Research Center recently released a report estimating that the population of unauthorized immigrants had declined as of 2016 to about 10.7 million people and was down over the past decade. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "Illegal Immigration Is Stable," 8 Jan. 2019 Some Democrats said Trump is vulnerable to a counterattack on his core campaign issue given that his policies failed to reduce the number of unauthorized immigrants. Sean Sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Divided Democrats struggle to answer Trump’s claims on migrant caravan," 23 Oct. 2018 Federal prosecutors say a raid of the business in April found at least 104 unauthorized immigrants working there. Fox News, "Meatpacking plant owner pleads guilty after immigration raid," 13 Sep. 2018 In recent months, Chinese authorities have renewed their efforts in cracking down on unauthorized houses of worship. Violet Law, The Seattle Times, "Advocate of China-Vatican dialogue named Hong Kong bishop," 7 Jan. 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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: without permission : not authorized

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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