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 Zhukov was arrested shortly after Russian authorities detained more than 1,300 people at one of the biggest unsanctioned rallies in years. BostonGlobe.com, "MOSCOW — In a highly publicized case, a Russian court gave a political science student a three-year suspended sentence Friday and barred him from managing websites for two years, for publishing videos in which he criticized the government of President Vladimir Putin.," 7 Dec. 2019 Hong Kong police fire a water cannon toward protesters gathered outside the central government offices after taking part in an unsanctioned march through Hong Kong on September 29. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Hong Kong police fire tear gas, water cannon at protesters, days ahead of China's 70th anniversary celebrations," 29 Sep. 2019 And what are the probabilities that anyone fighting back against unsanctioned police violence could be thought of as anything beyond a thug or a murderer by the greater public? Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "The Powerful Perspective of “Queen & Slim”," 27 Nov. 2019 On Tuesday, the Interior Ministry announced that the Moscow police department is suing Navalny and other protest organizers for leading unsanctioned protests on July 27 and Aug. 3. Will Englund, Washington Post, "Prominent activist’s anti-graft group accused by Russia of taking foreign money," 9 Oct. 2019 Ms Ivanova was briefly detained for organising an unsanctioned demonstration. The Economist, "A tribute to the Russian avant-garde sets off a storm," 3 Oct. 2019 The Jaguars played without senior guard Herb McGee, who was serving a one-game NCAA suspension for playing in an unsanctioned summer league game in his hometown of New Orleans. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "South Alabama basketball powers past Pikeville 82-51 in season-opener," 7 Nov. 2019 On Sunday, a 24-year-old who only gave one name, Lau, for fear of repercussions, attended an unsanctioned rally in Victoria Park along with her aunt and friend. Washington Post, "‘Dogs’ vs. ‘cockroaches’: On Hong Kong streets, language of genocide rears its head," 4 Nov. 2019 He was convicted on charges of repeatedly taking part in unsanctioned rallies. San Diego Union-Tribune, "4 Russian protesters jailed on charges of assaulting police," 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unsanctioned

1785, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jan 2020

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“Unsanctioned.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsanctioned. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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