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 Eggs from unlicensed farm packaged in a licensed farm’s egg crate. oregonlive, "These 21 Oregon grocery stores did the worst on state health inspections," 10 Jan. 2020 On Friday, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced a new branding for the expansion of Wi-Fi into an additional 1200MHz of unlicensed spectrum. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Tired of hearing about Wi-Fi 6? Great, let’s talk about Wi-Fi 6E," 6 Jan. 2020 And fines and fees can quickly add up once a pet enters the shelter — the boarding fee for an unlicensed pet is $30, double the cost for a licensed pet, plus an additional $10 per day. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Metro Animal Services to waive pet licensing penalties in January," 31 Dec. 2019 Thompson wrote that local police and the Afghan National Army had confiscated at White II’s Azizabad home stockpiles of unlicensed weapons and land mines. Brett Murphy, USA Today, "Inside the U.S. military raid against its own security guards that left dozens of Afghan children dead," 30 Dec. 2019 Jennifer’s next two children were delivered by an unlicensed midwife, who has since moved to another state. Emily Bobrow, The New Yorker, "A Midwife in the North Country," 22 Dec. 2019 The regulator bans the advertising of unlicensed e-cigarettes but allows manufacturers to publish factual information about the products on their own websites. David Meyer, Fortune, "The Pessimism of Harvard Business School Alumni," 18 Dec. 2019 Installation costs one-tenth of a standard 3G base station, and the system runs on free, unlicensed bands like 2.4ghz, 5.8ghz, and TV White Space. Wired, "A Remote Tanzanian Village Logs Onto the Internet," 8 Dec. 2019 The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the state Department of Health has received 114 complaints about unlicensed homes, and 74 remain open. USA TODAY, "First Spouse Dolls, Snowstang, sand sculpture: News from around our 50 states," 7 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of unlicensed

1577, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2020

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“Unlicensed.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unlicensed. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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