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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In the early 2000s, millions of undocumented Mexicans crossed the U.S. border in search of work. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "The Changing Face of Illegal Border Crossings," 13 July 2018 The Orontid Dynasty, which ruled the region starting in the 6th century BCE, drank wine from silver rhytons and likely had undocumented toasting traditions of their own. Benjamin Kemper, Smithsonian, "Raising a Glass to Armenia’s Elaborate Toasting Tradition," 13 July 2018 In fact, most studies have found that legal and undocumented immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than the native-born. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Anatomy of a Trump rally: 76 percent of claims are false, misleading or lacking evidence," 10 July 2018 In 2017, 44 percent of the 128 remains of undocumented border-crossers recovered by the Pima County had been in the desert longer than six months. Rob O'dell, azcentral, "What dead pigs can teach us about missing bodies in the Arizona desert," 5 July 2018 Two more were still living in the trailer park under the care of undocumented relatives, trying to avoid being seen. Eli Saslow, Anchorage Daily News, "Raids are separating families in the heartland," 1 July 2018 While the political elite freaks out about their peers’ access to chanterelle-and-garlic-scape risotto, the restaurant community is coming together to protect the undocumented immigrant members of their family. Mari Uyehara, GQ, "Blacklist Every Last One of Them," 26 June 2018 An existing consent degree called the Flores settlement bars the government from detaining undocumented minors for more than 20 days. Toluse Olorunnipa, Bloomberg.com, "Trump's Order on Family Separation: What It Does and Doesn't Do," 21 June 2018 In one storyline the series tackled, Jane’s grandmother, Alba, sought a path toward citizenship after being in the country undocumented for 40 years. EW.com, "Gina Rodriguez is using Emmy money to send an undocumented student to college," 19 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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