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

Examples of unlicensed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web New unlicensed cellular spectrum and enterprise 5G technology are triggering interest in businesses owning and operating private mobile networks. Rajeev Shah, Forbes, "DIY Private Cellular Networks Take Center Stage Within The Enterprise," 27 Apr. 2021 In addition, unlicensed massages, will no longer be pursued by the DA's office. Matt Leach, Fox News, "Manhattan DA stops prosecuting prostitution, Rep. Malliotakis calls decision 'offensive to women'," 23 Apr. 2021 Manhattan will no longer prosecute prostitution and unlicensed massages, District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. announced Wednesday. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, "Manhattan will stop prosecuting prostitution and dismiss past cases," 22 Apr. 2021 But they have also been criticized for fake posts and for peddling cigarettes and unlicensed beauty treatments. Rina Chandran, The Christian Science Monitor, "Wary tourist hot spots hit back at Instagram influencers," 22 Apr. 2021 The Big Cat Public Safety Act, unveiled by Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Tom Carper, D-Del., and Richard Burr, R-N.C., would ban the ownership by unlicensed individuals and ban public contact with cubs at exhibits. Michelle Stoddart, ABC News, "Alarmed by 'Tiger King,' senators propose ban on private ownership of big cats," 19 Apr. 2021 The office pursued cases in which the defendant was charged with another crime, such as fleeing police, damaging property, driving while intoxicated or having an unlicensed gun. USA Today, "As protests continue over police killings, lawmakers try to add to the list of crimes protesters could face," 18 Apr. 2021 Andrew Charles Beard, 33, of Rowlett, was arrested last fall by federal authorities and charged with possessing an unlicensed firearm silencer after he was released from state custody after posting bond for a murder charge. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Man who beat woman into coma with fire extinguisher in Dallas parking garage pleads guilty," 15 Apr. 2021 Perel was still unlicensed and had no degree beyond her master’s but nevertheless began teaching and supervising psychiatric residents. Maya Binyam, Vulture, "Esther Perel Goes Off Script," 13 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of unlicensed

1577, in the meaning defined above

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“Unlicensed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unlicensed. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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