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 Dictionary entry overview: What does unofficial mean? 

UNOFFICIAL (adjective)
  The adjective UNOFFICIAL has 2 senses:

1. not having official authority or sanction
2. not officially established

  Familiarity information: UNOFFICIAL used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

UNOFFICIAL (adjective)

Sense 1unofficial [BACK TO TOP]


Not having official authority or sanction

Context examples:

a sort of unofficial mayor / an unofficial estimate / he participated in an unofficial capacity


drumhead; summary (performed speedily and without formality)

informal; loose (not officially recognized or controlled)

unauthorised; unauthorized; wildcat (without official authorization)

unsanctioned (without explicit official permission)


unauthorised; unauthorized (not endowed with authority)


official (having official authority or sanction)

Sense 2unofficial [BACK TO TOP]


Not officially established

Context example:

the early election returns are unofficial


unconfirmed (not finally established or settled)

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