unauthorized

[uhn-aw-thuh-rahyzd]
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adjective
  1. lacking permission; unsanctioned: unauthorized access.
  2. lacking proper immigration or working papers: an unauthorized worker;an unauthorized immigrant.

Origin of unauthorized

First recorded in 1595–1600; un-1 + authorized

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unauthorized

unauthorised

adjective
  1. not having official permission
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Word Origin and History for unauthorized
adj.

1590s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of authorize.

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