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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Broadcast networks are taking the hardest blow, with their ratings as well as awards diminishing as viewers search out the more distinctive – and edgy – programming on unregulated cable and streaming outlets. Lynn Elber, The Christian Science Monitor, "Streaming continues its dominance as Netflix breaks HBO's 17-year Emmys streak," 13 July 2018 The ocean is mostly an unregulated expanse, where all may pollute without charge but none (or few) are responsible for its preservation. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Starbucks ditches straws, but our plastic addiction is much bigger," 10 July 2018 Heightening the pain for investors and importers, the Iranian rial has lost around half its value against the dollar since the beginning of the year at unregulated exchanges. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "New Unrest Roils Iran as U.S. Ramps Up Pressure," 1 July 2018 Wild turkeys are native to Wisconsin but were extirpated by unregulated hunting in the 1800s. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin spring turkey harvest drops 10%," 2 June 2018 With a team of private doctors, Eron conducts a secret, unregulated surgery, implanting a tiny, roachlike widget, STEM, into Grey’s spine. Katie Walsh, kansascity, "‘Upgrade’: Silly cyberpunk with a timely message about our high-tech world," 31 May 2018 The food industry was unregulated, rife with adulteration and poor hygiene. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie, BostonGlobe.com, "How ice cream made America," 30 June 2018 Feel good stories like this are uncommon in the global world of hair trading, a completely unregulated business that's reportedly worth billions of dollars per year. refinery29.com, "Death Threats & $3 Ponytails: What The Fake Hair Trade Is Hiding," 9 June 2018 Anthropologists say the region’s history of violence and lawlessness could be replicating itself in the virtually unregulated ayahuasca industry. Washington Post, "Psychedelic tourism thrives in Peru despite recent killing," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of unregulated

circa 1623, in the meaning defined above

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