un·clas·si·fied | \ ˌən-ˈkla-sə-ˌfīd \

Definition of unclassified 

1 : not subject to a security classification unclassified information

2 : not placed or belonging in a class

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On the morning of the alert, the command’s operations center did not have immediate access to the state’s unclassified alert system. Cecilia Kang, New York Times, "Hawaii Missile Alert Wasn’t Accidental, Officials Say, Blaming Worker," 30 Jan. 2018 And, of course, there are both classified and unclassified materials involved in this. Fox News, "Rep. Goodlatte on what he wants to ask Peter Strzok, next steps for immigration," 24 June 2018 The report gave an unusually detailed accounting of one of the FBI’s highest profile investigations, its probe into whether Mrs. Clinton intended to transmit classified information on an unclassified, private email server while Secretary of State. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "DOJ Clinton Report Blasts Comey, Agents, but Finds No Bias in Conclusion," 15 June 2018 Bellingacat's researchers are citizen journalists who use open source—unclassified, freely available—data in their investigations. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Report Claims Russian Army Shot Down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17," 26 Feb. 2016 In June 2015, his attorneys released then recently unclassified versions of their conversations with Khan, who described two episodes of waterboarding not described in the U.S. Senate report. Miami Herald Staff Report, miamiherald, "Who’s still held at Guantánamo," 24 Aug. 2016 The committee released an unclassified report and also prepared a classified version. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Security News This Week: A Facebook Bug Unblocked Users for a Week," 7 July 2018 As enacted, Morrell's bill keeps the current law's language allowing the mayor to appoint as board designee any unclassified employee in the mayor's administration. Beau Evans, NOLA.com, "Bill to add City Council representation back to Sewerage & Water Board heads to governor's desk," 17 May 2018 No American or Nigerien forces were harmed in the December gun battle, which the Pentagon first acknowledged in March in a terse line in an unclassified report to Congress. New York Times, "U.S. Commandos in Africa Are Told to Avoid Combat Missions or ‘Do Not Go’," 9 May 2018

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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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