One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In a manner that is not officially authorized or confirmed.‘the assets of the family are unofficially estimated to be $8 billion’
- ‘The dress code at the laboratory is unofficially more casual than at the rest of the company.’
- ‘I should point out that, unofficially at least, I'm wearing two hats.’
- ‘Where most detective fiction involves a city unofficially run by gangsters, here the villains are outwardly in control.’
- ‘Unofficially, the documentary has joined the massive underground market in illegal videos.’
- ‘The summer movie season unofficially begins during the first weekend of May.’
- 1.1British Used to indicate strike action not called or endorsed by the union to which the strikers belong.‘thousands of railwaymen struck unofficially for higher wages’
- ‘Union leaders are worried that other postal workers may strike unofficially.’
- ‘Thousands of civil servants have defied anti-union laws to unofficially walk out of work in the last two weeks.’
- ‘These workers have walked out unofficially on strike as a protest against racism.’
- ‘They're the last people you would imagine to walk out unofficially and shout at the boss.’
- ‘It was the first time a whole fire brigade has struck unofficially since 1977.’
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