un·​sanc·​tioned | \ ˌən-ˈsaŋ(k)-shənd \

Definition of unsanctioned

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

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Navalny, 42, Putin’s most visible opponent, has served numerous jail sentences for spearheading a series of unsanctioned protests across Russia. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Vladimir Putin's fiercest critic, Alexei Navalny, released from jail then immediately detained again," 25 Sep. 2018 Portland officials now must also give campers at least 24 hours’ notice before cleaning up or moving unsanctioned camps. Rebecca Boone, The Seattle Times, "Court: Cities can’t prosecute people for sleeping on streets," 4 Sep. 2018 Of those living unsheltered, 3,372 are living in vehicles, 1,465 outside or on the street, and 967 in unsanctioned encampments. Dae Shik Kim Hawkins, The Atlantic, "An App for Ejecting the Homeless," 28 June 2018 Highly inaccurate assessments wound up handing unsanctioned property tax breaks to well-off homeowners while punishing those who have the least, particularly people living in minority communities. Jason Grotto, chicagotribune.com, "As March primary nears, study on Cook County property tax system still under wraps," 1 Feb. 2018 On the third day of his unsanctioned mural project, Oxley said, the Royal Oak Police showed up. Bryce Airgood, Detroit Free Press, "Why 'happy bunny' signs are popping up in Royal Oak neighborhoods," 27 June 2018 But unsanctioned cultural materials still trickled through with visitors. Shanna Baker, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Preserve the Last of Castro’s Crocodiles," 21 June 2018 The event was sponsored by Tracksmith and featured photographs from a company team’s recent participation in the Speed Project—an unsanctioned relay race from the Santa Monica Pier to the Vegas Strip where teams are limited to only six runners. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "The Speed Project: A Crazy, 340-Mile Desert Relay," 21 June 2018 Began riding on unsanctioned bush tracks at the age of 11 before taking out jockey’s license at age of 16. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Meet the key people involved in Justify's Triple Crown run," 15 June 2018

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1785, in the meaning defined above

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