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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All of the researchers are expected to publish their findings, at least the unclassified ones, in the next several years. Allie Wilkinson, Scientific American, "Military Tries Out Fish as Underwater Spies," 29 Mar. 2019 The black cetacean, which has yet to be named, is believed to be a previously unclassified species that Japanese fishermen have long called karasu, meaning raven. National Geographic, "Fun Facts About the Bering and Chukchi Seas," 26 Mar. 2019 Wednesday's release of the 176-page unclassified report's findings ends more than a year of reviews since the Pentagon's internal investigation first wrapped up. Fox News, "Pentagon ends reviews of Niger ambush that killed 4 soldiers," 6 June 2019 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

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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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