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 The artist behind the campaign, Arte Mapache, apologized to the models involved, writing on Twitter that the illustrator mistakenly thought that the image was unlicensed and free to use. Victoria Bisset, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 Richwine said the company was unlicensed and in possession of fireworks that had counterfeit State Fire Marshal seals, as well as homemade explosives. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 1 July 2022 The owner of the truck was cited for wrongful entrustment for allowing the unlicensed driver to operate the truck. cleveland, 1 May 2022 He was convicted of four counts of wire fraud, three counts of money-laundering and one count of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, according to court documents. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, 22 July 2022 Two Southern California men who operated an unlicensed business that made and sold ghost guns have pleaded guilty to a federal charge, authorities said Friday. Gregory Yeestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2022 Bounty hunting is an unlicensed practice in California, and state law allows individuals to arrest people who have skipped bail on behalf of bail companies. Felicia Alvarez, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2022 The government charged Premium Services with operating an unlicensed money-transferring business. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 Caregivers have drawn the opposite conclusion, saying the report shows that an affordable, convenient, and lightly-regulated industry with low up-front costs for entrepreneurs is the shortest path to stamping out unlicensed sales. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 18 June 2022 See More

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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 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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