un·​clas·​si·​fied | \ ˌən-ˈkla-sə-ˌfīd How to pronounce unclassified (audio) \

Definition of unclassified

1 : not subject to a security classification unclassified information
2 : not placed or belonging in a class

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Although the test was unclassified it was not reported at the time by the U.S. Navy. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Quietly Tested Mach 3 Heavy Gun Shells That Could Revolutionize Surface Warfare," 8 Jan. 2019 Text messaging was similarly unclassified until last week. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC forces California to drop plan for government fees on text messages," 17 Dec. 2018 Sat trackers monitor the TLEs of unclassified missions to learn the behavior of the spacecraft. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Is Declassifying Lots of Info About What's in Orbit," 13 Dec. 2018 Under the threat of a subpoena from Goodlatte, the Justice Department provided Congress with unclassified and classified versions of the memos. Laura Jarrett, CNN, "Rod Rosenstein: Justice Department is 'not going to be extorted'," 1 May 2018 Mueller’s evidence, which Concord is legally entitled to review before its trial, includes up to 2 terabytes of unclassified digital information, roughly equal to as much as 500 million double-sided printed pages. Paul Duggan, Washington Post, "Judge in U.S. election-interference case of Russian firm urges sides to resolve legal impasse," 15 June 2018 Details from Comey’s memos reported in news stories last year appear to come from the unclassified portions. Mary Clare Jalonick, BostonGlobe.com, "In Comey memos, Trump talks of jailed journalists, ‘hookers’," 20 Apr. 2018 Foreign governments can really weaponize unclassified information. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Senator Ron Wyden on Recode Decode," 22 Aug. 2018 Comey wrote some of the memos as unclassified documents. Anchorage Daily News, "Comey memos offer new details on his interactions with Trump as probe intensified," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unclassified

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of unclassified

: not kept secret by the government

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