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

Examples of unregulated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mainly young victims were working at a large, unregulated mine in the east of the country Friday when water from a nearby river flooded three tunnels following torrential rains, according to the provincial governor, Theo Kasi. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "At Least 50 Gold Miners Die in East Congo, Adding to String of Deadly Accidents," 12 Sep. 2020 Tens of thousands of babies are born with the help of reproductive technology every year in the U.S., yet fertility clinics and sperm banks remain surprisingly unregulated. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "Who’s to Blame When a Sperm Donor Lies?," 11 Sep. 2020 As many colleges and high schools cancel, delay or struggle to start seasons, the largely unregulated $19 billion youth sports industry has powered ahead. Tim Bannon, jsonline.com, "'I just want to play': $19 billion youth sports industry powers ahead through the pandemic largely unregulated," 11 Sep. 2020 Trump and many Republicans want an unregulated capitalism. James Burpee, Star Tribune, "The 2020 election: Why Trump doesn't pass muster, by topic," 10 Sep. 2020 How did the chemical required to make heroin remain almost unregulated in Mexico as overdose deaths in the U.S. mounted? Cam Simpson, Bloomberg.com, "Mexico Was 18 Years Late in Controlling the Chemical Used to Make Heroin," 28 Aug. 2020 But Escobedo said because of the unregulated system, people who try to purchase cars in Mexico can easily become victims of fraud. Wendy Fry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Each year, thousands of California cars head to Mexico. Some get into trouble there," 29 Aug. 2020 Although wolverines are common in Canada and Alaska, unregulated trapping in the 19th and early 20th centuries severely reduced their population further south, Michele Debczak writes for Mental Floss. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "First Wolverine Family Makes a Home in Mount Rainier National Park in 100 Years," 26 Aug. 2020 Exact numbers are unknown as the industry is highly unregulated, but the Natural Resource Governance Institute, an advocacy group, ranked Myanmar's gemstone sector one of the most opaque in the world. Helen Regan, CNN, "Jade mine landslide kills at least 100 in Myanmar, with more people still missing," 2 July 2020

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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 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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