un·li·censed | \ˌən-ˈlī-sᵊn(t)st \

Definition of unlicensed 

: not licensed: such as

a : not authorized or permitted by a license unlicensed merchandise an unlicensed firearm the unlicensed reproduction of books

b : operating without a license unlicensed vendors an unlicensed electrician unlicensed brokers unlicensed drivers

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The events, which will be run by a foundation that supports riders and will feature stunts, are meant to get the noisy and often unlicensed bikes off city streets, Mayor Frank Jackson said Thursday in an interview. Robert Higgs, cleveland.com, "Cleveland vital statistics office to close for afternoon May 16 for staff training," 9 May 2018 In a new academic paper, Baylor College of Medicine ethicist Claire Horner and three other experts urge people harmed by the promising but unproven and unlicensed treatment to file civil litigation against the provider. Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle, "Ethicists call for lawsuits to stop for-profit stem cell therapy," 1 Mar. 2018 Master Chief Petty Officer Al Haraf said operators asking to pick up passengers at odd locations, including near riverwalk businesses, or refusing to show credentials are likely to be unlicensed. Hailey Mensik, chicagotribune.com, "Architecture tours lead the way in bringing visitors to increasingly crowded Chicago River," 5 July 2018 Centers that are unlicensed were required to post a sign that said so. BostonGlobe.com, "Supreme Court rules against Calif. crisis pregnancy center law," 26 June 2018 Centers that are unlicensed were required to post a sign that said so. Mark Sherman, The Seattle Times, "High court rules against Calif. crisis pregnancy center law," 26 June 2018 The demolition contractor responsible for the collapse had no experience on large commercial structures, and was unlicensed and uninsured. Joseph A. Slobodzian, Philly.com, "'I'm not angry,' says Mariya Plekan, 5 years after losing legs in Salvation Army building collapse," 1 June 2018 According to court records, in the early 1990s, Johansson was owner of another company, Atlas Carrier Inc., when a welder was killed in an explosion while the worker performed tank repair work that Atlas was unlicensed to do. Andrew Khouri, latimes.com, "Corona trucking company conducted illegal gas tank repairs, leading to a worker death, grand jury alleges," 26 Apr. 2018 Snow is charged with trafficking Class A, conspiracy to violate drug laws, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and a lights violation, officials said. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Three people charged with heroin trafficking after traffic stop in Greenfield," 13 July 2018

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1577, in the meaning defined above

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variants: or chiefly British unlicenced \-ˈlīs-ᵊn(t)st \

Medical Definition of unlicensed 

: not licensed especially, of a drug : not approved for use by the appropriate regulating authority (as the Food and Drug Administration in the United States)

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