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.
Recent Examples on the Web Hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants, and millions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans, scored dramatic victories in recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "US Supreme Court’s rulings on gays, immigrants benefit environmental cases," 3 July 2020 The letter questioned whether any of the data gathered would be shared with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to round up undocumented immigrants. Reed Albergotti, Washington Post, "Lawmakers call for more transparency in health agency’s pandemic data collection practices," 1 July 2020 The witnesses, who are almost all undocumented immigrants expected to testify against human smugglers, are sometimes held for months until their cases are resolved. Jason Buch, ExpressNews.com, "Judges in Laredo jailing witnesses in ‘mechanical scheme’," 30 June 2020 The Department of Homeland Security stopped accepting applications from New Yorkers after the state passed a law that allows undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver’s license. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "Global Entry, Trusted Traveler Programs Will Reopen Enrollment Centers July 6," 29 June 2020 Border agents stopped a boat off the coast of San Diego last week and found 18 undocumented immigrants attempting to enter the U.S. illegally, authorities said Monday. Fox News, "CBP agents stop boat off San Diego with 18 people trying to enter US illegally, officials say," 29 June 2020 Capps, the researcher, says some undocumented immigrants who cannot find work may consider leaving the U.S. al, "Undocumented in Alabama face lockdown, unemployment without benefits," 28 June 2020 By upholding the program, the court preserves DACA’s work authorizations for the undocumented immigrants who are participants in the program. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Supreme Court decision doesn’t give DACA recipients jobs over U.S. citizens," 26 June 2020 The evidence clearly shows that communities of color, low-income populations, people in nursing homes and those on the margins of society, such as homeless people and undocumented immigrants, are hardest hit. Mary Elizabeth Collins, The Conversation, "3 moral virtues necessary for an ethical pandemic response and reopening," 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of undocumented

1867, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jul 2020

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“Undocumented.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undocumented. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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