un·​doc·​u·​ment·​ed | \ən-ˈdä-kyə-ˌmen-təd \

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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The bill would also exclude certain inmates from earning credits, such as undocumented immigrants and people who are convicted of high-level offenses. German Lopez, Vox, "The First Step Act, Congress’s criminal justice reform bill, explained," 3 Dec. 2018 From early on, Trump wanted to publicize crimes committed against citizens by undocumented immigrants—the way the Nazis did with the Jews. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "We're Living in a Time of Cruel Laughing Men," 17 Oct. 2018 The Trump proposal assumes that this includes the children of undocumented migrants, although apparently not the children of lawful immigrants. Aziz Huq, Vox, "The faulty legal logic behind Trump’s birthright citizenship proposal.," 31 Oct. 2018 Silicon Valley, actually, was reliant on hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants, who are outside of those new laws that emerge in the early ’70s called OSHA. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Temp’ author Louis Hyman on Recode Decode," 29 Aug. 2018 The ways Americans assign blame for child-parent separations also suggests the public’s sympathy toward undocumented migrants is limited. Scott Clement, Washington Post, "The public rejected Trump’s child-separation policy, but a majority supports his push to detain families until court hearings," 13 July 2018 The five undocumented migrants were transferred to U.S. Border Patrol. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "Driver suspected of carrying migrants arrested after I-10 pursuit," 29 June 2018 An undocumented migrant crossing the border from Mexico turns out to be a terrorist. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Sicario’ sequel straddles the border," 28 June 2018 The language, Jazmine Ulloa wrote, was part of a pattern of using rhetoric about criminality to dehumanize undocumented migrants. David Lauter, latimes.com, "Faced with a political crisis, Trump blinks, but the crisis isn't close to being over," 22 June 2018

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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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