un·​reg·​u·​lat·​ed ˌən-ˈre-gyə-ˌlā-təd How to pronounce unregulated (audio)
 also  -ˈrā-
: not regulated: such as
: disorderly, chaotic
unregulated habits
an unregulated mind
: not controlled by regulation
unregulated fishing
an unregulated industry

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Though informal motorcycle taxi services are fairly common throughout Africa, the majority of them are unregulated. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 21 Nov. 2022 The coaching industry is also unregulated, chaotic and unsafe. Benjamin Laker, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2022 Much of what China does, however, is legal — or, on the open seas at least, largely unregulated. Claire Fu, New York Times, 26 Sep. 2022 Agents negotiating minor league contracts have been unregulated. Ronald Blum, ajc, 14 Sep. 2022 Synthetic cannabinoids that don’t contain THC, the ingredient in marijuana that produces a high, have been mostly unregulated. Destiny Johnson | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 10 June 2022 Practically every president and athletic director pleaded for patience, explaining college sports operate in a unique biosphere, some of it unregulated, some of it highly regulated by federal legislation mandating gender equity. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Apr. 2022 The number of unserialized (and thus unregulated) firearms seized by major metro police departments has grown exponentially. Bygabe Stern, ABC News, 21 Mar. 2022 It’s legal — but unregulated — in most states, although not in Wisconsin. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1623, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unregulated was circa 1623

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“Unregulated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unregulated. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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