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 Shutting down the more than 400,000 unlicensed wells that farmers have drilled is politically unpalatable. Marc Champion, Bloomberg.com, "The U.S.-Iran Pistachio War Is Heating Up," 10 May 2020 Yelp isn't the only tech company that helps people find the dispensaries, licensed and unlicensed. NBC News, "'I really love the vibes': How Yelp boosts black market pot shops," 10 Feb. 2020 Reddick depends heavily on unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) — clinic assistants at each school who support her role. Gina Rich, Good Housekeeping, "Why Are Our School Nurses Disappearing?," 24 Jan. 2020 The regulator found unlicensed users pretending to be Uber drivers and faking their identities in at least 14,000 trips. Amy Thomson And Nate Lanxon, courant.com, "Uber’s London ban marks global backlash for ride-hailing giants," 27 Nov. 2019 Officials in Newark shut down the unlicensed J&A Nursery last week after allegedly documenting seven code violations at the daycare operation that was being run from a private home, PEOPLE confirms. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "N.J. Daycare Is Shut Down After 6-Month-Old Girl Leaves Center Covered in Bruises," 25 Nov. 2019 Lopez-Diaz and some of his co-conspirators are accused of establishing subcontracting companies, hiring unlicensed work crews and paying them cash without putting them on formal payroll systems. oregonlive, "Beaverton man accused in $65 million tax evasion scheme involving construction companies," 14 Apr. 2020 Google read the French law as allowing unlicensed use of the headline of a story, but not more than that. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "French regulator says Google must pay news sites to send them traffic," 9 Apr. 2020 Molly Gregor, the editor of New Jersey Bride Magazine, is fielding calls daily from as-yet unlicensed brides desperate to keep their original wedding dates. New York Times, "Where Can I Find a Marriage License Near New York City?," 4 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of unlicensed

1577, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2020

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“Unlicensed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unlicensed. Accessed 28 May. 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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