un·​reg·​u·​lat·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈre-gyə-ˌlā-təd How to pronounce unregulated (audio) also -ˈrā- \

Definition of unregulated

: not regulated: such as
a : disorderly, chaotic unregulated habits an unregulated mind
b : not controlled by regulation unregulated fishing an unregulated industry

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Recent Examples on the Web Digital currencies, like Bitcoin, have been left largely unregulated by major governments up to this point. Matt Ott, chicagotribune.com, 3 Aug. 2021 Digital currencies, like bitcoin, have been left largely unregulated by major governments up to this point. CBS News, 3 Aug. 2021 The peninsula remains largely unregulated and is policed by the Sheriff’s Department, which is analyzing ways to beef up public safety. al, 3 July 2021 Has WhatsApp become too much of a utility, too much of a quasi-global mobile network operator, to remain unregulated in Facebook’s hands? Zak Doffman, Forbes, 5 June 2021 The relatively new subset of credit reporting, the $3 billion tenant screening industry, which has both grown and gone largely unregulated since its inception, is about to be tested in new ways. NBC News, 14 Mar. 2021 But lately, there have been signs of momentum building for measures targeting parts of Arizona where groundwater is unregulated. Ian James, AZCentral.com, 6 Sep. 2021 Many of these products are unregulated, and some are offered with leverage that let investors substantially increase the nominal size of their positions beyond their actual holdings. Steven Ehrlich, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Thanks to a loophole in the 2018 farm bill, delta-8 THC is unregulated at the federal level. Kaitlin Sullivan, NBC News, 28 June 2021

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First Known Use of unregulated

circa 1623, in the meaning defined above

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“Unregulated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unregulated. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unregulated

: not subject to laws passed by the government about how something is done, made, processed, sold, etc.

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