un·​doc·​u·​ment·​ed | \ ən-ˈdä-kyə-ˌmen-təd How to pronounce undocumented (audio) \

Definition of undocumented

: not documented: such as
a : not supported by documentary evidence undocumented expenditures
b : lacking documents required for legal immigration or residence undocumented workers

Examples of undocumented in a Sentence

The company cannot reimburse you for undocumented travel expenses.

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Taken together, a rise of undocumented workers in the U.S. appears to have slowed after large increases in the 2000s. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "Illegal Immigration Is Stable," 8 Jan. 2019 The fact that Trump’s businesses rely on undocumented workers while the president himself rails against them highlights his hypocrisy on immigration. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "The hypocrisy of Trump’s immigration agenda is getting harder to ignore," 11 Dec. 2018 In a 2008 dissent, Judge Kavanaugh argued undocumented workers are not protected by labor laws. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Yale Law Students and Alumni Denounce School's Support of Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 In a 2008 dissent, Judge Kavanaugh argued undocumented workers are not protected by labor laws. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Yale students and alumni blast law school for praising Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s choice for Supreme Court," 11 July 2018 With little legal protection, undocumented workers in Thailand can be at the mercy of human traffickers or unscrupulous employers. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Stateless and Poor, Some Boys in Thai Cave Had Already Beaten Long Odds," 10 July 2018 Rosa’s husband fled Honduras when Juan was 2, and is an undocumented worker in Texas now. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Separated at the border, asylum seeker pleads for son's return," 5 July 2018 The amendment to target employers who hire undocumented workers was initially rejected on Friday during the convention by a Republican panel. Kimberlee Kruesi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Idaho GOP convention wrestles with immigration, gay marriage," 2 July 2018 Estefany, who was born in Ohio, had gone into one line for U.S. citizens, and her mother had gone into the line for undocumented workers. Eli Saslow, Anchorage Daily News, "Raids are separating families in the heartland," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of undocumented

1867, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of undocumented

: not having the official documents that are needed to enter, live in, or work in a country legally
: not supported by evidence that consists of documents : not having written proof

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