un·​li·​censed | \ ˌən-ˈlī-sᵊn(t)st How to pronounce unlicensed (audio) \

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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Tetley was charged with money laundering and operating an unlicensed money-transmitting business and pleaded guilty to both charges in January. James Rufus Koren, latimes.com, "'Bitcoin Maven' sentenced to a year in prison for money laundering," 10 July 2018 But that’s not to say that rave—proper, unlicensed, anarchic, counterculture revelry—has withered and died. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "In London, Rave Culture Is Alive and Unwell at Sports Banger," 18 Feb. 2019 Sheriff’s records show Lopez, 39, faces six felony counts of unlicensed practice of health care. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Polk deputies arrest 2 at 'Drop It Like It's Hot' weight-loss clinic: report," 13 June 2018 Boston 25 reporter Eric Rasmussen also received trophies for covering patient brokering in New England and unlicensed Boston teachers. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Newsrooms take home trophies at 41st annual Boston/New England Emmys," 4 June 2018 Much of this output was unlicensed and spun far past its creator’s control. Brett Sokol, New York Times, "‘LOVE’ and Other Four-Letter Words," 23 May 2018 Three babies -- the youngest of whom was just three days old -- were among at least five people found stabbed early Friday at an unlicensed New York City day care, police said. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Three babies among wounded in gruesome stabbing spree at unlicensed New York City day care, police say," 21 Sep. 2018 An unlicensed California driver was arrested Friday for allegedly driving off after striking and killing a popular educator, authorities said. Fox News, "Unlicensed driver held in hit-and-run death of popular educator, authorities say," 22 Sep. 2018 However, many ayahuasca ceremonies operate unlicensed and unregulated across South America. Erica Sweeney, Teen Vogue, "What Ayahuasca Is, and What You Should Know About It," 31 Aug. 2018

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1577, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unlicensed

: not having an official document giving you permission to do, own, or make something


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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