un·​sanc·​tioned ˌən-ˈsaŋ(k)-shənd How to pronounce unsanctioned (audio)
: 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 Finally, four years ago, in an unsanctioned event along a flat six-mile loop in Vienna, Kipchoge cruised at record speed, completing 26.2 miles in one hour, 59 minutes, and 40 seconds. Popular Science, 24 Aug. 2023 Testing the boundaries of the three-story, 22-acre site is Ikea Residency, an unofficial (and unsanctioned) collective of artists, writers and makers in Los Angeles. Mariella Rudi, Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2023 Increasing payments to Titan Lawn and Landscape for mowing, landscaping, drainage and irrigation services and to clean up trails near unsanctioned campsites. Stacy Ryburn, Arkansas Online, 18 Oct. 2023 But over the past two months, its problem has not been unsanctioned laptop users — it’s been hordes of influencers armed with tripods. Curbed, 6 Oct. 2023 This comes after wildlife protection officers were warned of his unsanctioned public appearances with the python, BBC News reported. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 19 Sep. 2023 They were also required to vow not to participate in unsanctioned debates. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 23 Aug. 2023 Wagner’s ownership structures are not transparent, and activities tied to Prigozhin have often operated through a web of unsanctioned offshore companies. Brian Fung, CNN, 17 Aug. 2023 Last October, in the early days of the pickleball explosion, a woman filed a 311 complaint about the sudden appearance of two unsanctioned courts in the West Village. Allie Conti, BostonGlobe.com, 15 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unsanctioned was in 1785

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“Unsanctioned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsanctioned. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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