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[sem-ee-uh-fish-uh l, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm i əˈfɪʃ əl, ˌsɛm aɪ-/
having some degree of official authority.
Origin of semiofficial
First recorded in 1800-10; semi- + official
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semiofficially, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Kaiser had his "official" and his "semiofficial" organs.

  • It deals with the theory of socialism and is extensively quoted in the daily press as a semiofficial voice in domestic affairs.

    Area Handbook for Romania

    Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • Unfortunately, the consequence was, that I did not understand a word that was said at dinner—a kind of semiofficial reception.

  • In all cases only those speeches are here presented which have received official or semiofficial sanction.

  • On this subject I have found a remarkable admission in a semiofficial article, published as recently as 1872.

    Russia Donald Mackenzie Wallace

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