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

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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Pet cloning is largely unregulated and controversial where it is done, but in China the barriers are especially low. New York Times, "His Cat’s Death Left Him Heartbroken. So He Cloned It.," 4 Sep. 2019 Charles-Heathers said many kids are unaware of the risk from the unregulated e-cigarettes. oregonlive, "Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden announces plan to tax e-cigarettes," 4 Sep. 2019 But unregulated, wholesale commercial harvest of sea turtles - a cannery was located in Rockport - during the late 1800s and early 1900s devastated the state's green turtle population. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Marine life, temperature warming back up," 6 Jan. 2018 Cryptocurrencies have traditionally been decentralized and largely unregulated. Clare Duffy, CNN, "The Winklevoss twins may work with Facebook again," 19 Aug. 2019 California, the first state to create a computerized gang database, is reviewing its regulations, grappling with a system prone to discretionary practices that remains largely unregulated outside of law enforcement. NBC News, "He's a gang intervention worker. But California police call him a gang member.," 18 Aug. 2019 But industry defenders say the kinks—many of which are a product of a new, unregulated tool in an unfamiliar market—can be ironed out as the industry matures. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "E-Scooters are worse for the environment than many claim, study indicates," 6 Aug. 2019 In the largely unregulated world of dietary supplements, Ladder is pretty benign. Sara Harrison, WIRED, "The Wild, Unregulated World of Sports Supplements," 22 July 2019 This near overarching influence, of a mostly unregulated religious scholarly base, and the absence of a contextual system of social justice, has had a concomitant effect on the region’s social development. Fakhrriyyah Hashim, Quartz Africa, "How Nigeria’s conservative northern region came to terms with its MeToo movement," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of unregulated

circa 1623, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unregulated was circa 1623

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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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