un·​sanc·​tioned | \ ˌən-ˈsaŋ(k)-shənd How to pronounce unsanctioned (audio) \

Definition of unsanctioned

: lacking effective or authoritative approval or consent : not sanctioned an unsanctioned boxing match … a solution unsanctioned by educated custom …— Edward Finegan

Examples of unsanctioned in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anyone wanting to report marches or unsanctioned events throughout Mardi Gras weekend can call the MPD Command Center at 251-208-7211. al, "Mobile mayor: City won’t tolerate unsanctioned Mardi Gras marches," 13 Feb. 2021 These few dozen cases were well-publicized to highlight the illegality of unsanctioned street actions, but the approach avoided angering large numbers of Moscow families in a prosecutorial onslaught, risking a spiral of repression and protest. Andrew E. Kramer, BostonGlobe.com, "Severe punishment awaits protesters in Russia, Kremlin says," 1 Feb. 2021 At another, the winning team was disqualified for using an unsanctioned exploit, and G2 advanced, eventually winning the main event. Washington Post, "G2 were the kings of ‘Valorant’ in Europe. What happened?," 28 Dec. 2020 In a diary entry from a village near Atush in 2017, a cadre wrote about the party secretary lecturing families of people punished for participating in unsanctioned religious activities. Los Angeles Times, "‘Will they let us live?’ Inside Xinjiang, survivors of China’s internment camps speak," 17 Dec. 2020 In Georgia, an unsanctioned slate of Republican electors met as the state’s Democratic electors formally cast their votes for Biden. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Ohio Electoral College votes Trump as GOP Lt. Gov. Jon Husted acknowledges Biden’s overall victory," 15 Dec. 2020 Some institutions brought students back to campuses only to pivot to digital instruction a week into classes, as unsanctioned parties drove up COVID-19 cases. Chris Quintana, USA TODAY, "Students are still traveling for Thanksgiving break. Colleges fear they'll spread COVID.," 19 Nov. 2020 Frank said the department is now conducting a more exhaustive review to determine whether officers have been using unsanctioned facial recognition platforms without the department’s knowledge. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "LAPD bars use of third-party facial recognition systems, launches review after BuzzFeed inquiry," 17 Nov. 2020 Poll watchers: The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections will be on the lookout Nov. 3 for any unsanctioned poll watchers causing problems at polls. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "What to know for Election Day in Ohio: The Wake Up for Monday, Nov. 2, 2020," 2 Nov. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unsanctioned.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of unsanctioned

1785, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about unsanctioned

Time Traveler for unsanctioned

Time Traveler

The first known use of unsanctioned was in 1785

See more words from the same year

Statistics for unsanctioned

Last Updated

20 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Unsanctioned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsanctioned. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

More from Merriam-Webster on unsanctioned

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for unsanctioned

Comments on unsanctioned

What made you want to look up unsanctioned? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!