Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Arranged in classes or categories.
  • adj. Available to authorized persons only, as for reasons of national security: a classified document.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of classify.
  • adj. National security information formally assigned by governments to one of several levels of sensitivity, usually (in English) top secret, secret, confidential, and, in some countries, restricted; thereby making disclosure to unauthorized persons illegal.
  • adj. Any information a person or organization does not wish to disclose.
  • n. A classified advertisement in a newspaper or magazine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. arranged into classes or categories.
  • adj. assigned to a class of documents withheld from general circulation; -- of information or documents. Opposite of unclassified.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. arranged into classes
  • n. a short ad in a newspaper or magazine (usually in small print) and appearing along with other ads of the same type
  • adj. official classification of information or documents; withheld from general circulation

Etymologies

classify +‎ -ed (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • General Michael Hayden, former head of the CIA and the National Security Agency, told Congress there is too much secrecy within the government cyber community, due to privacy concerns and what he called a "classified culture" at NSA and elsewhere.

    The Australian | News |

  • The Daily Beast last week cited what it called a classified FBI report that estimated China's army has more than 30,000 cyberspies plus more than 150,000 private-sector computer experts assigned to steal U.S. military and technology secrets.

    CEN - Consumer Electronics Net-Technology News

  • The Daily Beast last week cited what it called a classified FBI report that estimated China's army has more than 30,000 cyberspies plus more than 150,000 private-sector computer experts assigned to steal US military and technology secrets.

    Moneycontrol Top Headlines

  • Later participation in classified operations has no impact on whether or not a person is listed as a graduate of the UDT/SEAL training program.

    Heroes or Villains?

  • Later participation in classified operations has no impact on whether or not a person is listed as a graduate of the training program.

    Heroes or Villains?

  • Knowing this gentleman's very high status in classified operations, I was surprised that he shared this much with us - and I am sure he would NOT have, if the news media had properly covered the dedication.

    BERNARD RAMSEY

  • "If people want to protect children, then right now there are children being trafficked online, in classified ads -- they should do something about things happening now," she said.

    Samantha Geimer, Roman Polanski's Victim: I'm Glad He Is Free (VIDEO)

  • Between this ad and the news that O'Donnell warned of a secret Chinese plot to take over the United States -- a plot detailed in classified info she obtained while working for nonprofit groups that sent missionaries to China -- I think today is the day that O'Donnell officially enters into the category of Alvin Greene fringe candidate.

    Explaining Christine O'Donnell's "I'm not a witch" ad

  • With the government using more private contractors to help it do everything from run missile systems, maintain classified databases and analyze intelligence information on terrorist networks, POGO says the DSS report is worrisome.

    Can the Pentagon keep classified information safe?

  • There's no more truth to be found in classified records than there is in unclassified records.

    In Information Age, Leaks Are Here To Stay

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