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

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The report takes a close look at the city’s Navigation Team, a collection of outreach workers and police officers who connect homeless people, primarily those living in unsanctioned encampments, to services, including shelter. Vernal Coleman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle city auditor report calls for increasing shelter space for homeless people," 2 Oct. 2018 Advertising Meanwhile the city is being sued by left-leaning advocates, and criticized by business groups and neighborhoods, for its approach to removing unsanctioned camps. Scott Greenstone, The Seattle Times, "Homeless shelters that can be built in around 20 minutes without tools. Did political theater in Seattle this week showcase a practical solution?," 13 Apr. 2019 Victoria Arbiter thinks they will, if only to quell the rabid interest in unsanctioned pictures. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Might Not Pose for Hospital Photos With Their Newborn Baby," 4 Apr. 2019 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

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First Known Use of unsanctioned

1785, in the meaning defined above

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