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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Nonprofits such as universities, think tanks, advocacy groups and political parties are left unregulated. Thomas M. Boyd, WSJ, "How a Rich Californian Hijacked the Legislature," 4 July 2018 The bill marks the latest Sacramento showdown over how to change the state’s lending code, a hodgepodge of rules that limit fees and interest on some types of loans while leaving others unregulated. James Rufus Koren, latimes.com, "Latest battle over California lending market: Should grocery stores offer large loans?," 12 July 2018 But unregulated hunting decimated the ducks, and farmers considered the area's potential for wet-soil agriculture. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "By boat, bike or foot, Horicon Marsh is a Wisconsin treasure," 31 May 2018 But it has been assailed by the FDA as a dangerous and unregulated drug that can result in opioid-like abuse and death. Laurie Mcginley, chicagotribune.com, "FDA orders first-ever recall of a 'contaminated food': kratom with salmonella," 3 Apr. 2018 But this industry is largely unregulated, and many programs offer treatments that aren’t based on research. Fox News, "Should people with drug addictions be forced into rehab?," 24 June 2018 The restaurant industry is an unregulated industry. Jonathan Kauffman, SFChronicle.com, "La Taqueria workers’ risky complaints over unpaid overtime, health care bring reforms," 30 June 2018 Some have turned to unregulated alternatives such as kratom, which the Drug Enforcement Administration warns could cause dependence and psychotic symptoms. Anchorage Daily News, "Unintended consequences: Inside the fallout of America’s crackdown on opioids," 17 June 2018 For decades, the city has allowed the rentals to continue unregulated. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Coastal Commission tells Del Mar to expand short-term rentals," 17 June 2018

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circa 1623, in the meaning defined above

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