un·​clas·​si·​fied ˌən-ˈkla-sə-ˌfīd How to pronounce unclassified (audio)
: not subject to a security classification
unclassified information
: not placed or belonging in a class

Examples of unclassified in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There, homicide detectives launched an unclassified death investigation. Emily Palmer, Peoplemag, 13 June 2024 To clarify officials’ assessment of the threats, congressional intelligence committees should convene unclassified hearings with the directors of National Intelligence, the CIA, the FBI, and the National Counterterrorism Center and ask each agency to offer its candid views. Graham Allison, Foreign Affairs, 10 June 2024 But many also noted that the large number of unclassified deaths in Mexico City was nothing new — they had been recorded that way since 2011. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2024 The hack roiled Washington and gave Chinese operatives access to the unclassified email accounts of senior US diplomats, including US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns, on the eve of a high-profile visit by Secretary of State Antony Blinken to China last June, CNN has reported. Krystal Hur, CNN, 4 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for unclassified 

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Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of unclassified was in 1815

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“Unclassified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unclassified. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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un·​clas·​si·​fied ˌən-ˈklas-ə-ˌfīd How to pronounce unclassified (audio)
: not classified
especially : not requiring special treatment for purposes of security
unclassified documents
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