un·​man·​aged | \ ˌən-ˈma-nijd How to pronounce unmanaged (audio) \

Definition of unmanaged

: not controlled or regulated : not managed an unmanaged forest unmanaged fisheries

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If left unmanaged, this can eventually lead to some of the life-threatening conditions on this list. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "11 Health Conditions You Should Know About If You’re Black and Pregnant," 30 July 2019 While all HCPs are different, the majority display four primary characteristics: all-or-nothing thinking, intense or unmanaged emotions, extreme behavior or threats, and a preoccupation with blaming others. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "High-conflict personalities: Navigating the maze," 28 July 2019 During the dry summer months, there are also worries that unmanaged forest growth increases the risk of fire. The Economist, "Why France’s forests are getting bigger," 18 July 2019 If the vote fails, a range of outcomes can come next, including a second parliamentary vote, a disruptive, unmanaged exit, or even a second national referendum that could end with the U.K. keeping its EU membership. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "Investors Prepare for Another Brexit Surprise," 27 Nov. 2018 This was an unplugged, untimed, unmanaged experience, complete with stops to sniff around and soak in the surroundings. Michael Easter, Outside Online, "What Happens When You Scrap Your Fitness Plan," 14 May 2018 Alternatively, if left unmanaged, Turkey can spoil America’s plans. James Stavridis, Time, "The Syrian Civil War Has Raged for 7 Years. This Is What the U.S. Can Do to Help End It," 12 Mar. 2018 Left unmanaged, stress can sneak up on you and significantly elevate your risk for depression, disease and premature death. NBC News, "The Life-Changing Realization That Leads to Health and Happiness," 13 Sep. 2017 Rural landfills, which are mostly open, unlined and unmanaged, spill across tundra and into nearby rivers, and hazardous materials leach into soil and water. The Economist, "A load of rubbishAlaska’s remote villages have a trashy problem," 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of unmanaged

1598, in the meaning defined above

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