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 He was charged in 2006 with orchestrating an unsanctioned political rally, but a court in Minsk acquitted him. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 Deltopia is an unsanctioned spring break holiday among students at the University of California Santa Barbara that has resulted in serious injuries over the years and even a riot in 2014. Andrew Mark Miller, Fox News, 3 Apr. 2022 Putin urged Russian prosecutors to act more quickly to block unsanctioned demonstrations organized from abroad. Greg Norman, Fox News, 25 Apr. 2022 Black wires carrying the unsanctioned power connections that residents hooked up for themselves are splayed about the pavement. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2022 These gatherings, initially organized by the Orlando LGBTQIA+ community during regular park operating hours, have occurred for decades now and bring in an estimated $100 million to the area, but remain unofficial and unsanctioned events. Sean Griffin For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 15 Apr. 2022 In a climate of wartime censorship, the mere expression of an unsanctioned thought begins to feel like a protest action. The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2022 In Russia, the government already requires them to exchange 80% of their revenues, which serves to channel dollars and euros through unsanctioned banks to importers who need them. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2022 In recent months, Mayor Ted Wheeler has taken a series of steps geared toward reducing the number of unsanctioned encampments, with the aim of getting more Portlanders into shelters and potentially helping them access needed social services. oregonlive, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unsanctioned

1785, in the meaning defined above

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27 May 2022

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“Unsanctioned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsanctioned. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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