unlicensed

adjective
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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That’s partly because the state ended unlicensed cannabis cooperatives where patients shared their homegrown pot for free. Angeliki Kastanis, BostonGlobe.com, "Broad pot legalization can hurt the medical marijuana industry, AP finds," 11 June 2019 That's partly because the state ended unlicensed cannabis cooperatives where patients shared their homegrown pot for free. Gillian Flaccus And Angeliki Kastanis, chicagotribune.com, "Broad legalization cuts into medical marijuana, analysis shows," 11 June 2019 That's partly because the state ended unlicensed cannabis cooperatives where patients shared their homegrown pot for free. Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Medical pot takes hit when weed legal for all," 11 June 2019 The cases against Killingsworth highlight the dangers of using unlicensed contractors, which can leave consumers with little recourse to ensure work is properly completed. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "'Garage-Door Guy' stiffs Arizona customers on unfinished jobs," 6 June 2019 An unlicensed day care operation made headlines in 2016 when an infant suffered a life-threatening injury while in its care. Hayley Harding, The Seattle Times, "Looking for the perfect child care? Join the waiting list.," 13 Apr. 2019 Advertising Oppenheimer says unlicensed operators often pose much greater risk to the health and safety of children. Hayley Harding, The Seattle Times, "Looking for the perfect child care? Join the waiting list.," 13 Apr. 2019 The California Cannabis Industry Association became the latest player in the marijuana game to call out Weedmaps.com for continuing to advertise unlicensed retailers. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "Who is James P. Bradley and why did he do well in U.S. Senate poll? | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of unlicensed

1577, in the meaning defined above

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unlicensed

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unlicensed

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

unlicensed

adjective
un·​li·​censed
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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