un·​reg·​u·​lat·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈre-gyə-ˌlā-təd 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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Cable television: The cable industry enjoys an unregulated monopoly over 68 million Americans, and nobody is paying attention to that right now. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Columbia Law professor Tim Wu lays it out in his new book The Curse of Bigness.," 8 Nov. 2018 Within weeks, cities like San Francisco and Santa Monica responded methodically to the unregulated launches of scooter-sharing services. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "The bare-knuckle tactics Uber used to get its way with regulators are not going to work for scooter startups," 30 Aug. 2018 Yellow cab drivers are in financial ruin due to the unregulated expansion of Uber. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Ocasio-Cortez claims solidarity with cab drivers -- while campaign buys rides from Uber, other 'alternatives,' FEC data show," 24 Aug. 2018 One of the arguments for leaving tech industries unregulated has been that the industry is in constant ferment. Glenn Harlan Reynolds, WSJ, "When Digital Platforms Become Censors," 18 Aug. 2018 In America and many other countries, much of this activity goes unregulated by the government. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Mark Zuckerberg is retreating from content moderation," 3 Apr. 2018 In San Diego, the industry operates unregulated beyond the standard business license requirements. Joshua Stewart, sandiegouniontribune.com, "In a mostly lawless industry, electric scooter company CEO suggests the industry police itself," 1 Apr. 2018 This quasi-legal industry remains unregulated and potentially full of snake oil salesmen. Angela Chen, The Verge, "This cannabis-derived drug just got approved, but that won’t make it easier to get edibles," 3 Oct. 2018 However, many ayahuasca ceremonies operate unlicensed and unregulated across South America. Erica Sweeney, Teen Vogue, "What Ayahuasca Is, and What You Should Know About It," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of unregulated

circa 1623, in the meaning defined above

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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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