Definition of unsanctioned in US English:



  • Not sanctioned.

    ‘unsanctioned rallies against high unemployment’
    • ‘The authorities still arrest and imprison unsanctioned bishops and priests.’
    • ‘Rather did their solution become more urgent as public expectations rose and were transformed into spontaneous and unsanctioned actions.’
    • ‘The one deals with boxing promoter Turkish working in the seedy world of unsanctioned, illegal bare-knuckle boxing.’
    • ‘The New York State Athletic Commission, which regulates competitive boxing, has told boxing gyms that unsanctioned events such as white-collar boxing are illegal because of their potential for serious injury.’
    • ‘Proposition 36 will not heal the hypocritical heart of a nation that extols the empty pleasures of consumerism while excoriating the unsanctioned ecstasies of illegal drugs.’
    • ‘The study reported by MacLean et al reflects the interest in determining the prevalence of family presence as a formally sanctioned or unsanctioned practice among critical care and emergency nurses.’
    • ‘Would a vibrant legal debate forestall practical preparations for future unsanctioned instances of ‘power doing justice’ - albeit outside the law?’
    • ‘But arrogance may result in quick, unsanctioned action.’
    • ‘Similar unsanctioned protests, organized by the Communist Party, took place in another Moscow region town, Solnechnogorsk, as well as in Samara, Tatarstan and the Leningrad region.’
    • ‘Will correspondents use them to present an unsanctioned, less filtered account of events as they unfold, or will they just recount colorful background stories?’
    • ‘Someone who really wanted to stop unsanctioned immigration would begin here, by busting the small contractors who employ these workers on a contingent basis.’
    • ‘It's a story of globalization, illegal chemicals and unsanctioned antibiotics, and bovine additives.’
    • ‘Minsk police spokesman Oleg Slepchenko said 34 protesters were detained for participating in an unsanctioned rally.’
    • ‘His segregation was also unlawful as unsanctioned by s7 to Penal Institutions Act.’
    • ‘Unwanted software includes worms, viruses, spyware, vulnerable applications, unlicensed software, and unsanctioned applications, and it can arrive on corporate networks in many ways.’
    • ‘Now, at press time this group remained unsanctioned by the student union, so your seeing them at Clubs Days is dependent on their commandeering another club's table.’
    • ‘An incident during the 1997 federal election revealed some insight into the consequences of unsanctioned editorial action at an Irving-owned paper.’
    • ‘Current and former CIA officers aware of the recent decision said the suspension reflects the CIA's fears of being accused of unsanctioned and illegal activities, as it was in the 1970s.’
    • ‘In addition, early modern Europeans could have recourse to a variety of unsanctioned or ‘magical’ techniques to promote or restrict fertility.’
    • ‘It was informal, unsanctioned, unauthorized and went off without a hitch.’
    unlawful, illegal, against the law, illicit, illegitimate, lawbreaking, lawless, felonious, delinquent, culpable, villainous, nefarious, corrupt, fraudulent
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