un·​li·​censed ˌən-ˈlī-sᵊn(t)st How to pronounce unlicensed (audio)
: not licensed: such as
: not authorized or permitted by a license
unlicensed merchandise
an unlicensed firearm
the unlicensed reproduction of books
: operating without a license
unlicensed vendors
an unlicensed electrician
unlicensed brokers
unlicensed drivers

Examples of unlicensed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If successful, this would be the third time in recent years that the Beastie Boys have triumphed over a company over unlicensed use of their music. August Brown, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2024 Most health complications arise from using unlicensed, inexperienced tattooists who reuse needles or use unsanitary equipment. Corey Whelan, Verywell Health, 11 July 2024 Rigorous import and export examinations remain a core component of enforcing border security as officers search for illicit narcotics, unlicensed firearms, counterfeit goods and other commodities that violate U.S. export laws. David Faris, Newsweek, 10 July 2024 As the city has struggled to contain the explosion of unlicensed weed stores, a new law passed as part of the state budget this Spring giving the city broader powers. Josephine Stratman, New York Daily News, 6 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for unlicensed 

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Word History

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unlicensed was in 1577

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“Unlicensed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unlicensed. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British unlicenced
: 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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