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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Recent Examples on the Web On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee made the unusual request to ask the Pentagon for a detailed, unclassified report on unidentified aerial phenomena that some believe may not be of this world. Fox News, "Classified UFO briefings may have left senators 'disturbed,' expert says," 24 June 2020 The findings, which had been gathered from a probe that spanned over 30 yers, showed that the men had gained access to unclassified information obtained from an American military base. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "The Real Life Wasp Network Was An Extension Of the Cuban Government," 19 June 2020 This could hinder the ability of state election officials ‘‘to effectively communicate with information technology and other personnel in their agencies who did not have [security] clearances.’’ GAO suggested DHS offer unclassified briefings. Joe Davidson, BostonGlobe.com, "Watchdog chides US agency over election security issues," 10 Mar. 2020 But the act only applied to federal employees outside of the intelligence community who worked in unclassified environments. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "By Speaking Out, the Whistleblower Joins the Long Line of Dissenters That Have Defined America," 12 Dec. 2019 In addition to its usual suite of secret military tech, the X-37B will also host a few unclassified experiments during its upcoming sojourn in space. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "A Secret Space Plane is Carrying a Solar Experiment to Orbit," 14 May 2020 The documents are unclassified but for official use only and were part of PowerPoint slides created last week to brief Lt. Dria Roland, Fortune, "U.S. adds cameras at Mexico border despite drop in crossings," 26 Apr. 2020 But look, the letter should not have been sent to many people, unclassified. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 5-6," 24 Apr. 2020 The quarterly report by the inspectors general for the Pentagon, State Department and USAID released this week is the first to be unclassified as interest surges in the U.S. military’s activities in Africa. Washington Post, "US military downgrades efforts against extremists in Sahel," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of unclassified

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Unclassified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unclassified. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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: not kept secret by the government

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